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Stephens Island tuatara

Stephens Island tuatara

The native tuatara is the only living example of a reptile order that thrived over 250 million years ago, in the age of the dinosaurs. Individual tuatara are also long-lived, surviving up to 80 and possibly even 100 years. Stephens Island (Takapourewa), which has been a wildlife sanctuary since 1994, was home to at least 30,000 tuatara in 2011.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Marlborough places - Western Sounds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 18 Jun 2015