Tuatara once occurred on the mainland but the species has long since been displaced by predators to offshore islands. They are long-lived and some have been kept in captivity for over 50 years. On offshore islands, tuataras have odd living arrangements – they make their homes in petrel burrows and at times the two species share the burrow.
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