Meet the Tuatara

“Tuatara, Nga Manu, Waikanae, New Zealand, 15 April 2006” – Photo: PhilipC, Contrast Enhanced: Samsara (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

The tuatara is often referred to as a living fossil because his buddies went extinct around 100 million years. They live in New Zealand and there are two species.

There have been reports of tuataras living up to 200 years. Henry the proud new father in the video below is 111!

“Meet the…” is a collaboration between The Finch & Pea and Nature Afield to bring Nature’s amazing creatures into your home.

Author: Heidi Kay Smith

Biology PhD student on the cusp of finishing and moving on to a postdoc in the behavioral ecology of amphibians. I blog to share my thoughts, ideas, and general feelings of awe of the natural world.

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