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Hungry lizard leaps onto man's shoulder and eats flies around his head in the Australian outback

A lizard has been captured crawling up a man's arm to eat flies swarming around his head in the Australian outback.

The footage was shot deep in Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory and shows a thin lizard climb up a hiker's arm to feast on the pesky insects.

'Now you wouldn't believe it if I told you, but this lizard, a wild lizard, has just jumped onto me and started picking flies off my shoulder,' the man says in the video.

A lizard has been captured climbing up a hiker's arm (pictured) to eat flies buzzing around his head

'It's the funniest thing I've ever seen in my life.

'This is something that doesn't happen every day. Look at him go!'

The lizard crawled up and down the man's arm snacking on the flies, with another lizard spotted crawling out of the bushes to take a look. 

For ten minutes the lizard hunted flies over the man's shoulder, before clambering up onto his head for more.

The lizard crawled up the hiker's arm and up onto his head (pictured) to get more flies in Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory

'This is a wild lizard we're talking about here,' the man said in the footage. 'This is full blown unreal stuff, like you never see anything like this.

'Only in Kings Canyon I guess.'

There are 617 species of lizards in Australia, making them the most diverse group of reptiles in the country.

Lizards are the most diverse group of reptiles in Australia, with 617 species

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