Tuatara finds love in middle age – at 110!

Personally, I have no intention of living to be 110 – it doesn’t sound like much fun to me. But apparently, tuataras can just be coming into their prime about then, as this story of a captive breeding program in New Zealand attests. I’ve always read that tuataras were “living fossils”, but I never appreciated how that moniker could apply to individuals as well as to the species.

Tuataras occupy a limited distribution, having been extirpated from most of their former range on the main islands of New Zealand:

Full interpretation of the map can be found here.

Conservation-wise, humans and their associated exotic pets and parasites have been a bane for tuataras, and some suggest that climate change will not serve them well. But for some real neat info, check the link here to Michael Ryan’s “Palaeoblog.” It includes a recently published article indicating that tuataras are, despite their ancient body plan, evolving more rapidly on the inside than any other species studied to date. Cool stuff, cool creatures.

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9 Responses to Tuatara finds love in middle age – at 110!

  1. Mimi says:

    I’m FIRST! Yay!!!!
    oh, and tuataras, yeah… cool…..


  2. Florrsi says:

    Is it a Cooke Eater?


  3. “feelin…sleepy..” zzzz…..zzzzzz…….zzz….zz…- what?


  4. qwerty says:

    Tuataras. Cool. Cookie Eater, awesome. Tuaturas+Cookie Eater =OMG dinosaurs eat cookies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  5. mary ann says:

    wow cokie eaters


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  8. Sweet blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News. Do you have any
    suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Cheers


  9. petrel41 says:

    Reblogged this on Dear Kitty. Some blog and commented:

    This video is called 5 Facts Why You Should LOVE Tuataras


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