Photo of the week: Tuatara

Department of Conservation —  06/08/2014

Today’s photo of the week is of one of New Zealand’s famous reptiles—the tuatara.

The tuatara is the only living representative of an ancient lineage, the order Sphenodontia, which is over 250 million years old.


This week Victoria University of Wellington researchers published rare footage of a tuatara hatching from an egg.

The egg was one of 23 being incubated in captivity this year as part of a joint initiative with DOC and local Hauturu ō Toi/Little Barrier Island Mana Whenua.

This initiative is helping to save the threatened tuatara population from extinction.

Watch the video of a tuatara hatching:

Photo by Somaholiday | Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

2 responses to Photo of the week: Tuatara



    Melvyn Smith 12/08/2014 at 10:38 am

    Awesome video, thanks for sharing, you people at DOC do amazing work, keep up the research we definitely need you.