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#27606 1-Nov-2008 12:36
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Whoa, just read this online - this is just up the road from where I live.  First time these guys have been found nesting/breeding on the NZ mainland in about 200 yrs according to the article.  Amazing, and very cool.  Hope this means the little buggers are getting frisky enough to save themselves!

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  #175062 1-Nov-2008 13:10
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I read about that this morning - very cool!

I must admit, I am mezmorised every time I go to the Southland Museum and Art Gallery, where we have Tuatara in captivity (its only a few km's from me). Tuatara are mighy cool animals. I'm glad to say I've provided a bucket of Huhu grubs for their dinner a while ago.

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#175068 1-Nov-2008 13:57
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I don't live in the area where they were found but it would be something to get a photo of one of them walking around in your back yard one day.


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  #175225 2-Nov-2008 11:31
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The funny thing is, thats doable! The guy down here who runs the Tuatara program goes after any and all publicity he can get, and quite often takes Henry, the big ridiculously old loner Tuatara out to public meetings, etc. To get him to plonk him on a lawn somewhere, and take a picture, wouldn't be that hard.

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  #181056 29-Nov-2008 10:43
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So did you ever get a picture? post!!

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  #181061 29-Nov-2008 10:54
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Tuatara's are very awesome, one cool thing about Vic uni in town is they have at least 4 in an enclosure that I walk by everyday, still have to have a look everytime

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  #181062 29-Nov-2008 10:55
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Unfortunately, at about the time these eggs were found, it was found that Henry the Tuatara, hermit for years, had finally done the deed, and there are now little Henry's on the way, so he's kind of a bit more presious than before. In saying that he's still in the local newspaper now and then :)

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