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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tuataras and UV

Tuataras need UV for healthy bone growth and stability. (News source, and here.)

Not really news for herpetoculturists, but apparently the media isn't quite up to speed.

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tuatara Birth

Photographic proof of the first hatching of tuatara on New Zealand's Matiu/Somes Island has been made. (News source.)

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Tuatara Hatchling

The first natural tuatara hatchling from mainland New Zealand in about 200 years has been found in the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. (News source.)

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tuatara Conservation

An article here on release of c.b. tuatara on Cuvier Island.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

111-Year-Old Dad

An old tuatara has fathered babies. (News source.)


Friday, October 31, 2008

Tuatara Nest Discovery

A tuatara nest has been found on mainland New Zealand, the first known in 200 years. (News source.)

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tuatara Troubles

Temperature-dependent sex determination could be a problem for future generations of tuataras. (News source.)


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tuatara Problem

Turns out older tuataras will eat hatchlings... (News source.)

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Tuatara Transfer

130 more tuatara are scheduled to be transferred to the Karori Sanctuary on the NZ mainland. (News source.)

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Tuatara Hatches

A baby Brother's Island tuatara has hatched from an egg laid on New Zealand's Matiu/Somes Island. It's the first known offspring from that island, where 54 of the species were transferred nine years ago. (News source.)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007


A robotic tuatara is being used in the field (Stephens Island, New Zealand) to help biologists better understand that species' complex courtship and breeding behaviors. (News source.)