Tuatara are fascinating creatures. They are not lizards as they appear, although they are reptiles. They are native to New Zealand, but they are now found only in sanctuaries, as they were killed off by rats on the mainland. Tuatara have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, and so they are often called ‘living fossils’. Tuatara can live and reproduce well past 100; I believe the one in this picture is in his 30s. This shot was taken at the Kiwi Birdlife Park, Queenstown, during their fantastic conservation show.
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Tuatara are fascinating creatures. They are not lizards as they appear, although they are reptiles. They are native to New Zealand, but they are now found only in sanctuaries, as they were killed off by rats on the mainland. Tuatara have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, and so they are often called ‘living fossils’. Tuatara can live and reproduce well past 100; I believe the one in this picture is in his 30s. This shot was taken at the Kiwi Birdlife Park, Queenstown, during their fantastic conservation show.

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