Baby tuatara found on Matiu/Somes island
Baby tuatara are hatching on Matiu/Somes Island.
Conservation Department biodiversity programme manager Brent Tandy said an 8cm-long tuatara was photographed by visitors earlier this month, confirming rangers' suspicions that the rare reptiles were breeding on the island.
The photograph, which showed a tuatara estimated to be a few months old, proved for the first time that tuatara were being born on Maiu/Somes.
Tuatara were transferred to Matiu/Somes Island in 1998, and adults are regularly seen there.
Mr Tandy said it was remarkable that such a small tuatara had been spotted and photographed, given that they were very secretive.
The Dominion Post