At the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand, you will find that some people think the Tuatara to be a cute creature and others just consider this reptile to be creepy. The Tuatara is an ancient species of reptile and is the last surviving member of their particular group.
Throughout New Zealand, the numbers of Tuatara have diminished substantially and they are on now on the endangered species list. The rate that the Tuatara breeds is an extremely slow process and they are not able to keep up the birth rate compared to the amount of deaths.
The natural habitat of the Tuatara is the forest land of New Zealand where it feeds on small birds and insects. They like to reside in damp dark holes especially in the hottest time of the day as they are not very receptive to the heat.
The Auckland Zoo is home to a few different types of Tuatara and seem to be successfully breeding them and returning a few of each species of reptile to its home in the wilderness. Hopefully this will keep the Tuatara around for many years to come so they can be viewed by generations to come.
Tuatara, Sphenodon punctatus, an ancient reptile at the Auckland Zoo, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/4.0, exposure time of 1/80 sec. on ISO 200, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 70mm.
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