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Male tuatara (2nd of 2)

Male tuatara

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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Carl Walrond, 'Natural environment - Fauna', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/3279/male-tuatara (accessed 16 December 2019)

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