Kōrero: Tuatara

Hatchling (3 o 3)


This tuatara hatchling is part of a captive rearing program at Victoria University of Wellington. Hatchlings have an egg tooth on the tip of their snout to help them cut their way out of the egg. In the wild, they emerge about a year after the eggs are buried, and must immediately fend for themselves. They weigh about 5–6 grams, and need to watch out for larger tuatara, who may eat them if given a chance.

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Victoria University of Wellington
Photograph by Susan Keall

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Charles Daugherty and Susan Keall, 'Tuatara - Life history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/14981/hatchling (accessed 3 December 2021)

He kōrero nā Charles Daugherty and Susan Keall, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007