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Tuatara

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Parent Category: Reptiles
Tuataras are reptiles from New Zealand. They resemble lizards, but are actually in a species of their own. They grow to be about 30" long, and they have a spiny ridge down their back.
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The tuatara is a reptile confined to a few islands of the shores of New Zealand. it resembles most lizards, and is one of the remnants of the dinosaur age. Tuataras eat spiders, small birds and insectsThe Tuatara is a reptile that has lived longer than the dinosaurs.
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Tuataras are reptiles that do not drink water. These animals are carnivores and eat insects, spiders, birds eggs, and frogs. They also get moisture from the air around them.
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The main reason why the tuatara is endangered is the threat caused by introduced predators. The kiore (Polynesian rat) is responsible for the decreasing tuatara population, as are the two species of rats introduced by Europeans, while cats, dogs, stoats and ferrets have also contributed to the tuata…
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Tuatara are not lizards. They are lizard-like reptiles, endemic to New Zealand, but they are not members of any lizard family. Tuatara live in broad-leafed forest land and grasslands near seabird colonies, where the birds have dug burrows. They shelter under rocks, in rock crevices, amongst shrubbe…
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The kiore, or Polynesian rat, is one of the main predators of the tuatara. Dogs and cats, along with other introduced species such as stoats, are significant predators as well.
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The tuatara (a lizard-like reptile native to New Zealand) technically has three eyes. Two are ordinary functional eyes but the third, or parietal eye, is under its skin and is not used for vision. This is similar to the third eye called the pineal gland found in mammals and humans. It is a common fe…
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The Maori name of tuatara is translated as "peaks on the back". This is because this New Zealand reptile, is characterized by raised peaks along its back.
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Tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) are reptiles that look like lizards but, often called living fossils, they are actually a different type of reptile that dates back to prehistoric periods over 200 million years ago. They eat insects like crickets, moths, beetles, and grasshoppers that they catch using …
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The tuatara is a kind of reptile of which there are only two species, both found in New Zealand. Although the tuatara looks like a lizard it is not. Rather, it is the last surviving member of the order Rhynchocephalia.
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They are an endemic species of New Zealand.
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It means "peaks on the back" in Maori.
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Absolutely not it is a "Sphenodantia" a living fossel The tuatara is only found in New Zealand and is in danger of becoming extinct! It is a reptile but not a lizard. It is the last remaining member of the ancient group of reptiles, Sphenodontia. Tuatara is a Maori word meaning "peaks on the back". …
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The kiore, or Polynesian rat, is one of the main predators of the tuatara. Dogs and cats, along with other introduced species such as stoats and ferrets, are significant predators as well.
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The tuatara is a reptile.
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The main reason why tuatara are endangered is the threat caused by introduced predators. Once found throughout the mainland, the tuatara is now found in the wild only on offshore islands. The kiore (Polynesian rat) is responsible for the decreasing tuatara population, as are the two species of rats …
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they can also be found in queens town new zealand
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The tuatara is a small to medium sized lizard-like reptile, thou not actually a lizard, An adult tuatara grows up to about 24 cm in length. Note that this is quite different from the lengths quoted on some websites such as the San Diego Zoo website, which gives inaccurate information.
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the same as every other reptile i guess . . .
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Tuatara reproduce very slowly, taking ten to twenty years to reach sexual maturity. Mating occurs in midsummer; females mate and lay eggs once every four years.
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It is an endemic species of New Zealand.
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Tuatara are found only in New Zealand because, prior to European settlement, the islands of New Zealand were relatively predator-free.
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Main differences between tuatara and lizards are: Tuatara have a membranous third eyelid, which is not present in lizards. Lizards have external ears, but tuatara lack ears, and have no ear drum, ear holes or middle ear cavity. They do have primitive middle ear bones, but the range of frequencies …
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Yes. Although tuatara numbers on outlying islands of New Zealand are quite healthy, the reptile remains on the endangered species list. The main reason why the tuatara is endangered is the threat caused by introduced predators. The kiore (Polynesian rat) is responsible for the decreasing tuatara p…
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offshore newzealand.
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No, Rhynchocephalia is not a subset of Mammalia. The tuatara is a reptile.
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Tuatara are only found in their native habitat on nearshore islands of New Zealand. They are also kept in protective captivity on the mainland. For a map of where tuatara are found, see the related link.
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A tuatara is a fully terrestrial animal, so a typical tuatara cannot swim.
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Tuatara are not extinct yet but some believe that they are going extinct. There are 2 species of them. They diverged from the lizards in the late Triassic but were never as abundant as lizards. While lizards are known to not live that long, the Tuatara may live for more than 30 years. Rats prey on…
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Generally through its nostrils. Tuataras have perfectly normal lungs.
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No one knows for certain, but it's believed to be about 60 years. Tuataras CAN live to well over 100.
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The tuatara is at threat from a number of introduced mammals. Rats are the main threat as they steal the eggs and also eat hatchlings. Cats and dogs will easily kill adult tuataras.
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Their diet consists of beetles, spiders, crickets, frogs lizards birds and their eggs.
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The Tuatara are an endemic species of lizard found exclusively in New Zealand. Their body colouration is greenish-brown and grey. They grow to an adult length of around 31 inches (80 cm) from head to tail-tip, and can weigh up to 3lbs (1.3 kg). See the related link to Wikipedia's excellent article …
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No. Tuataras are in the lepidosaur branch of reptiles, which they share with lizards and snakes. Dinosaurs are on the archosaur branch, which they share with crocodilians. Birds are the only living dinosaurs today.
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It's not ! At least not yet - however it IS on the endangered species list. It's a reptile native to New Zealand.
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No. Tuataras are more closely related to lizards and snakes than to dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are more closely related to crocodiles and even more closely related to birds, which are their only living descendants.
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at night time when dusk has hit the mountain of arabugal is their favorite time to eat
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It looks like a lizard but it is not one.
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They are the only chordate reptile of the order Sphenodontia. The two living species of Sphenodontia are the only living in this order. Their most recent common ancestors is the squamates (lizards and snakes) and therefore they are of great interest in the evolution of early diapsids which included …
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they have no natural predators but their prey consist of birds rats and mice
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Tuataras are largely insectivorous, but also eat some meat. So, they are carnivores, not herbivores. They feed on insects and other invertebrates such as spiders, worms, and snails, and also take eggs and seabird chicks, frogs, and smaller lizards...even baby tuataras, sometimes. (Tuataras are not …
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No. There are only two.
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Tuatara, ancient reptiles which are believed to be virtually unchanged since the time of dinosaurs, are native to New Zealand, the country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Although once plentiful throughout New Zealand, they are now restricted to around thirty offshore islands where they are prote…
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there is said to be only one left
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No. The Tuatara is found only in New Zealand.
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Must be a warm habitat for all reptiles
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Probably through isolation, and adaptation to an unusually cool environment. No one can be entirely certain, of course, this question has no factual answer...we can only give opinions.
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The length can very greatly, but it averages around 60 years.
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The tuatara's tongue is twice as long as it is wide, but it would not be described as "very long".
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Luck - being in the right place at the right time. The modern platypus is nothing like old enough to have been around with the dinosaurs though - oldeset fossil - around 100,000 years - dinosaurs were here something like 230 million years ago.- ANSWER 2: The above is not strictly correct. Platypus …
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No. The tuatara is more closely related to lizards and snakes than it is to dinosaurs.
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Quoted directly from the Wikipedia entry on the species... "...average lifespan is about 60 years, but they can live to be well over 100 years..."
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they do not protect their self
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There are two species: Sphenodon guntheri and Sphenodon punctatus.
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cold because it is a reptile
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The total number of surviving tuatara is estimated at around 100,000. About half of these live on StephensIsland in Cook Strait and the rest are located on otherislands in the Marlborough Sounds and islands in theHauraki Gulf, off Northland, the Coromandel Peninsulaand the Bay of Plenty.
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No, the tuatara is a very unique reptile - but not a dinosaur.
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Diet: Tuataras are carnivores (meat eaters). They eat insects (like the weta (a cricket), moths and beetles), reptiles (like lizards), worms, snails, eggs, baby birds and even other Tuataras. Predators: Tuataras are eaten by rodents, pigs, and wild cats.
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There are only two species of tuatara: The Northern tuatara (Sphenodon guntheri) and the Brothers Island tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus).
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Tuataras have only two eyes.
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its scales, body, spines
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no they dont but they are cold blooded
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The longest recorded lifespan of a tuatara is about 80 years. Most authorities think 100 years is possible but more than that seems to be pure speculation. Reptiles in general can have longer life spans than similarly sized mammals, and this is probably down to their metabolisms' being much slower s…
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The tuatara's third eye is just a myth. Tuataras have only two eyes in actuality.
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Tuataras are camel-colored lizards with spines all down their backs.
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Tuataras live in small caves on islands near New Zealand. During the days of sailing ships, rats lived aboard sailing ships. The rats escaped from some of those ships and landed on some of those islands. They ate the tuataras on those islands. That reduced the number of islands with tuataras.
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The Tuatara's bite will cause serious injury and if you get too close they will bite.
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No, but its closley related and lived with them.
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Becaues it is not a the same
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No. Outside of zoos the tuatara can only be found in New Zealand.
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it has cold blood and lays eggs
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New Zealand* Added - The tuatara, also called the sphenodon, still lives in New Zealand.
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Like any wild animal, tuataras will fight back when cornered, threatened or provoked. They do have a nasty bite and will not let go easily. Approach them with caution.
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Tuatara live in their natural refuges of Stephens Island and Brothers Islands in Cook Strait. Some have been transferred to the Coromandel, and Little Barrier. But the Little Barrier population were threatened by kiore, the native rat, and a small breeding population was rescued and established on …
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Tuatara are native only to New Zealand, though there may be a few specimens in overseas zoos. They are nocturnal and slow moving. A friend of mine inspecting one in a glass case in an UK museum, was most impressed as to the realistic presentation they had achieved, and having not seen one in NZ, sp…
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they are being saved becuase wild lidfe exploreres are saving them and putting them in a natural habbitat where they are fed and kept healthy.
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Spikes are a protective feature that has evolved over time to save them from predators.
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According to what I've read on people handling them, they can be mean and bite but not always. According to Maori folklore, it can be fiercely independent, a little arrogant or evasive, and has problems with family members (Ngarara/Mango). But can also be seen as a symbol of good luck, or gaurding t…
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tuataras are predators
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Because they have survived almost unchanged for 150 million years.
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No. Tuatara are protected animals, and may not be kept as pets.
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