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Feb 24, 2009 00:43 |  #1

Was at a nature reserve on Friday afternoon, and the photo that stands out for me is the following:

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3661/3306076912_f19904f4b3.jpg?v=0

It is a Tuatara - a native reptile of New Zealand.

Any C&C Welcome, as still very new to the DSLR world.

Was captured on 450D + EFS 55-250mm.

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Feb 24, 2009 00:48 |  #2

Looks like a pretty young one too.

Just being able to photograph one is pretty cool, to get a good shot out of it makes it even more special.

Nice job :)


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Feb 24, 2009 00:55 |  #3

Moppie wrote in post #7393675 (external link)
Looks like a pretty young one too.

Just being able to photograph one is pretty cool, to get a good shot out of it makes it even more special.

Nice job :)

Thanks. From memory it was 3-4 years old (for non NZ people - tuatara can reportly live past 100 years)

Willowbank (here in Christchurch) has a good setup for getting shots. They have a few heat lamps out, so the Tuatara warm themselves under it (especially on the cold day it was here), and there is one particular place where you can get a shot without glass in the way.

The shot is one of the sharpest I've taken yet (which doesn't come across in the downscaled version).


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Feb 24, 2009 08:42 |  #4

How large are these lizards?


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Feb 24, 2009 14:11 |  #5

ajosteve wrote in post #7395234 (external link)
How large are these lizards?

This ones about 15 cm long (7 inches), but they can grow to about 80 cm (32 inches).

Oh - stupid fact for you - they aren't lizards, they are from a different branch of reptiles from 200 million years ago - they have sometimes been refered as 'living fossils' or 'the last living dinosaurs'.

More Info: http://en.wikipedia.or​g/wiki/Tuatara (external link)

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Feb 24, 2009 14:43 as a reply to  @ pleb1024's post |  #6

Totally random, but when we learned about reptiles in vet school they were like:

"Ok, know the Testudines, the Squamata (ugh), and the Crododilia. See this here? It's Sphenodontia, a tuatara and you'll likely never see one or hear about it again in your life." :lol:

My own preference is that it's the only one I care to know about! Turtles, snakes, and crocs vs this = easy choice.

Was this taken at a zoo? If so do you ever seem them out in the wild?


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Feb 24, 2009 15:35 |  #7

TheSonofDarwin wrote in post #7397517 (external link)
Was this taken at a zoo? If so do you ever seem them out in the wild?

It's probably closer to a petting zoo, than a 'proper' zoo, but they are doing some serious conservation work especially with a couple of species of the Kiwi (the bird - not the Kiwifruit that americans call Kiwi).

I've never seen them in the wild, as most of their wild range is on offshore islands now. Mostly due to introduced pests which have caused havoc with a lot of NZ wildlife. Almost no native mammals here so wildlife that fills the niches normally filled by small mammals, struggle to compete against introduced rats/stoats/ferrits/po​ssums.


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