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This creature's name is never spoken onscreen, but in the script for King Kong it is acknowledged as the Giant Lizard. The name "two-legged lizard" refers to the creature's distinctive trait of only possessing two limbs, although the film's script and novelization never indicate that the creature possesses only two legs. The Art and Making of Kong: Skull Island refers to it as the two legged lizard when discussing its influence on the Skullcrawlers' design. The box for NECA's King Kong figure that also includes a figure of this creature refers to it as the Pit Monster.
The lizard has an elongated body with two forelimbs and a tail, but no hind legs. It only has two digits on each hand, like a chameleon or the two-toed Earless Skink native to Australia. Its neck bears a mane-like collection of spikes that creates a break in the crest that runs from its head to its tail.
After King Kong destroyed the log bridge and sent most of the Venture crew to their deaths in the chasm below, Jack Driscoll hid in a small crevice in the rock wall. Jack looked down and saw a giant two-legged lizard slowly scaling up a vine to his position. Jack quickly grabbed a dagger and cut the vine, sending the lizard plummeting into the chasm.
In a recreation of the cut and subsequently lost spider pit scene from the original King Kong, the two-legged lizard is seen crossing the pit bottom before climbing the wall to menace Jack using stock footage.
The Two-Legged Lizard in Peter Jackson's recreation of the lost spider pit sequence from the 1933 film
- The Two-Legged Lizard influenced the design of the Skullcrawlers from the 2017 movie Kong: Skull Island.
- The lizard's role in the film is filled by a giant spider in the film's script and novelization, with the giant lizards remaining in the chasm.
- In the third episode of Kong: The Animated Series, titled "Primal Power," Ramone De La Porta uses his Cyber-Link Computer to merge with a boa constrictor that was attacking Kong in order to gain an advantage while fighting him. When De La Porta merges with the snake, they become a two-legged lizard.
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