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    Tuatara are endemic to New Zealand. They grow very slowly, live to over 100 years old and are the only survivors of an ancient group of reptiles which roamed the earth, along with the dinosaurs, over 200 million years ago.
    Tuatara are classified as an endangered species and are now found in the wild mainly on over 30 predator-free off-shore NZ islands.
    Photographed at Nga Manu Reserve near Waikanae.

    zentience, jimoss, treegrow, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. goofypikz 53 months ago | reply

      Wow, never knew you had this kind of beastie is Kiwiland! How big do they get?

    2. SidPix 53 months ago | reply

      This was a mid-size beastie of about 450mm long, Gavin. However they do grow to about 750mm long with a weight of about 1200gm.

    3. #NKP_NZ [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

      one of my favorite critters. brilliant shot!

    4. Anastasia Shtampf [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

    5. SidPix 49 months ago | reply

      Thanks NKP NZ and Anastasia.

    6. #NKP_NZ [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

    7. EncyclopediaOfLife 48 months ago | reply

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    8. Benjamin Burkhart 47 months ago | reply

      Beauty, crispy photo. Nice curved position, and that open mouth tops it off! I haven't seen them this nicely in Waikanae ... in Karori they either seem to be in the bright sunlight, or half obscured, always short of a good photo.

    9. SidPix 47 months ago | reply

      Thanks Benjamin. I sympathize with you... that's been my experience of the tuatara pix I've shot in Karori as well.

    10. Steve Taylor (Photography) 39 months ago | reply

      It does look slightly friendly that you might be tempted to stroke it

    11. SidPix 39 months ago | reply

      Hmmm... I think I'll leave that to you Steve!

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