Story: Tuatara

Eggs (2nd of 3)


Tuatara mate in late summer, and females lay 6–10 eggs the following spring. They dig a nest in the ground and bury the eggs, leaving them to incubate for about a year.

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Charles Daugherty and Susan Keall, 'Tuatara - Life history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 March 2023)

Story by Charles Daugherty and Susan Keall, published 24 Sep 2007