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Tuataras are native to New Zealand, and now live only on a small number of offshore islands. It has been classified as an endangered species since 1895. Tuatara, like many native New Zealand animals, are threatened by habitat loss, harvesting, and introduced species such as mustelids and rats.

Though tuataras resemble lizards, the genus has several characteristics unique among reptiles. Its teeth are fused to its jaw bone; it has no external copulatory organs or earholes.

The name tuatara derives from the Maori language, meaning "spiny back". Tuatara feature in a number of indigenous legends. They are held as ariki (God forms). Tuatara are regarded as the messengers of Whiro, the god of death and disaster. Maori women are forbidden to eat tuatara.
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University of Michigan
"The two recognized species of tuatara ( Sphenodon punctatus and Sphenodon guntheri) are found on approximately 30 small, relatively inaccesible, islands off the coast of New Zealand". Information on geographic range, physical characterestics, food habits Read More
National Wildlife Federation
Narrative in simple language. Good for school work! Read More
Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria
Tuatara Fact Sheet. Detailed Narrative with images Read More
Hauraki Gulf website
Natural History of Tuataras Read More
Crystal Clear Creation
"It looks like a lizard, but it croaks like a frog. It can go for an hour without taking a breath, and it is commonly said to live up to 300 years". An interesting narrative! Read More
The royal society of New Zealand
Research Article: Tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) feeding ecology in the presence of kiore (Rattus exulans. Read More
"Tuatara lay clutches of eggs, 5-18 eggs can be laid under the ground's surface and abandoned to hatch 12-14 months later". Facts Read More
Animal Pictures Archive
General Information, narrative. "All living species, known as tuataras, are found only in New Zealand". Read More
Department of Conservation, New Zealand
Fact Sheet Read More
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