Animal of the day – 02/26/2013 – The Tuatara

The Tuatara

The Tuatara

The animal of the day is the Tuatara. (Did you know: While these New Zealand reptiles may look like lizards, they’re in a whole different family! Tuatara’s are from a family that’s as old as the dinosaurs, and they are the only living descendants, so they’re considered living fossils!

These guys have some very unique characteristics among small reptiles! They can live to be over 100 years old, and can hold their breath for over an hour! And, the temperature of the soil around where their eggs are decides whether the hatch lings will be males or females! The warmer the temperature, the more likely they’ll be male!

Baby Tuatara hatching

Baby Tuatara hatching

If climate change keeps making the world warm, eventually, all tuataras born will be male, making it hard for them to survive as a species! Truly sad since they’ve been around since the dinosaurs…

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