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Tuatara

Discussion in 'Nature' started by deirdre, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 9, 2010
    Not the world's greatest shot, granted, but even putting the camera on a railing moved too much in a 3.2 second exposure.



    I note that none of the other Zealandia visitor photos showed a Tuatara by night, but there is one photo of one by day.

    It's not a lizard, it's the only surviving member of the Sphenodontia order. and a lineage dating back to the Mesozoic.

    Thanks to phigmov who suggested a visit to Zealandia, it's definitely worth it.
     
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  2. naturecloseups

    naturecloseups Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 10, 2010
    I have been reading about the Tuatara ever since I was a kid and had grown an interest in natural history.

    Speaking of which -- you get all kinds of interesting animals down under on those big islands. I wish I were there sometime...
     
  3. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 9, 2010
    Well, I'm on vacation. Normally, I'm in the San Francisco area.
     
  4. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    I too have been fascinated by the tuatara since a kid and its dinosaur lineage and third eye - at least that's what my childrens' encyclopedia said some 55 years ago.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuatara
     
  5. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
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    Yup, definitely a lizard.
     
  6. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Actually, technically tuatara isn't a lizard. Lizards are a part of Lacertilia and tuataras are not, but are instead under Sphenodontia. The tuatara is the only remaining living genus from Sphenodontia.
     
  7. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010