'George' makes museum his whare

George goes on display with a matchbox for comparison.
George goes on display with a matchbox for comparison.

Southland Museum proudly displayed its first live tuatara on June 15.

“He can trace his ancestral line back 190 million years, being the sole survivor of a group of ancient reptiles known as beak-head (rhynchocephalia) which flourished before the great dinosaurs. Besides that he is a native of New Zealand and one of the few tuatara in captivity. The tuatara has not yet been named ... but meantime the curator, Mr G. White, is calling him George”

The Southland Times