It’s official—tuatara are breeding on Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington Harbour.
Proof comes in the form of a tiny baby tuatara which emerged last
week from an egg found on the island. It’s the first known offspring of
54 Brothers Island tuatara transferred to the island nine years ago.
there may even be a sibling to follow. The egg was one of two taken
from a buried nest on the island in May to be incubated at Victoria
University of Wellington’s School of Biological Sciences.
The Department of Conservation and tuatara experts from Victoria
University of Wellington had long suspected the island’s “robust and
healthy” tuatara were breeding. But because the reptiles lead such
secretive lives, and bury their tiny eggs in the ground, they had no
tangible evidence—until the chance discovery of eggs beside a track on
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