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Present in New Zealand (View details)

Classification
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All Names

  • English
    • Rhynchocephalians
  • Korean
    • 훼두목
  • Belarusian
    • Дзюбагаловыя
  • Russian
    • Клювоголовые
  • Scientific Names
    • Rhynchocephalia
  • Spanish
    • Tuátaras

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Recent observations

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Tuatara Sphenodon punctatus

Observer

edwilson

Date

January 17, 2017 12:38 PM NZDT

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Tuatara Sphenodon punctatus

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edwilson

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January 17, 2017 12:28 PM NZDT

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Tuatara Sphenodon punctatus

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sandboa

Date

June 17, 2016 06:27 PM CDT

Description

These Sphenodon are living free in a sanctuary established within a predator-free fenced area within the bounds of the city of Wellington. They were introduced there in 2005 and are living free within the sanctuary.
There are no accessible areas where non-introduced populations of Tuatara can be seen in New Zealand. This population is the only mainland population of Tuatara in New Zealand.
You can read about the re-introductions here - http://www.massey.ac.nz/~darmstro/nz_projects.htm#tuatara

The goal of these reintroductions is recreate breeding populations on predator free areas.

Although some might look at these animals as "captive" because the area they inhabit is fenced, it is akin to a mammal being reintroduced to the fenced boundaries of a national park. They are heavily monitored but are living a wild life within their 225 hectare habitat.

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Tuatara Sphenodon punctatus

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ericcleveland

Date

July 25, 2016 06:41 PM PDT

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Tuataras Family Sphenodontidae

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zealandia

Date

January 11, 2017 12:02 PM +14

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Tuatara Sphenodon punctatus

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zealandia

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January 11, 2017 12:27 PM +14

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Tuatara Sphenodon punctatus

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zealandia

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January 11, 2017 11:22 AM +14

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Tuatara Sphenodon punctatus

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zealandia

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January 11, 2017 11:16 AM +14

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Tuatara Sphenodon punctatus

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zealandia

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January 11, 2017 11:11 AM +14

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Tuatara Sphenodon punctatus

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zealandia

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January 11, 2017 12:21 PM NZDT

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Tuatara Sphenodon punctatus

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zealandia

Date

January 11, 2017 12:17 PM NZDT

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Tuatara Sphenodon punctatus

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zealandia

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January 11, 2017 12:13 PM NZDT
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Description from Wikipedia

Rhynchocephalia is an order of lizard-like reptiles that includes only one living genus and species, the tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). Despite its current lack of diversity, the Rhynchocephalia at one time included a wide array of genera in several families, and represents a lineage stretching back to the Mesozoic Era. Many of the niches occupied by lizards today were then held by sphenodontians. There was even a successful group of aquatic sphenodontians known as pleurosaurs.

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