When the goanna had finished, the perentie asked how he looked. The goanna
lied and said he looked beautiful. however, on the way to the ceremony, the
perentie walked pass a waterhole and saw his reflection in the water. The
perentie was angry with how he looked, and rushed to attack the goanna, but the
goanna escaped by climbing to the top of the gum tree.
The perentie cursed the goanna and said that from now on he must live in the
branches of trees and take shelter in the tree hollows, while he would use the
rocks as his home and shelter.
Today, you can see the two keep to their own habitats, still wearing the
designs on their bodies. The goanna with a delicate lace-like pattern on its
back, while the perentie’s dark brown skin is covered with large yellow dots and