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Tuatara

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.

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Taken on November 13, 2010