Thursday, 22 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

We will take a break from blogging, catch up on all the gossip over the break in the New Year!
Have a great Christmas and New Year from Henry.

Fresh Skin!

All of the adult tuatara shed their skin at this time of the year, and we look ever so gorgeous after the old skin comes off. Our nice, new and fresh skin has much more colour than last seasons! Sometimes we have trouble getting the old skin off, Lindsay helps us by taking us into the laboratory, putting us in water and magically our skin just falls off! What a relief, if we can’t get our old skin off it is like walking or should I say, sitting around in a wetsuit. It is very hard to move!

Friday, 30 September 2011

Our visitors

Some of today's lovely visitors with Lindsay.
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Unhappy boys!

This is the face of an unhappy chap. This young guntheri is a mare 22 years old and has been exiled from the lady guntheris'. Now you may be wondering why on earth this fine specimen has been taken away from his girlfriends, well the answer is simple - over the last few years the four girls have laid 7 lots of eggs and none of them have been fertilised.

But we can't put all the blame on this fella, he has been living with two other males as well as the four girls. So in order to find out who's 'not working' as they should, Lindsay has taken two boys out and left one lad to the four ladies!

Now I just don't agree with that. He can't have more girlfriends than me - I will have to ask Lindsay for another!

Til next time, Henry.

Friday, 16 September 2011

What a busy week!

I forgot to mention in my previous post that I am also in the Southland Express this week! (Thursday 15th September 2011) Lindsay took me out to show me off as a part of the A taste of Southland event. Being the show stealer that I am... I was the crowd's favourite!

In the paper again!

Hello again!
It seems I just can't keep out of the headlines! Here is a link to the latest article about me from the Southland Times. Shame the photo wasn't of me tho....

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

The Girls have been busy!

It is a beautiful spring day here in the deep south and the girls have been busy digging. They are looking for the perfect spot to lay their eggs - as you can see in the photo.
It looks like we have a resident rabbit living in the Tuatarium!

I have some more bad news I'm afraid - only 4 out of 16 eggs laid by Mildred have survived, all the rest have gone rotten!

Come and visit us soon, Henry.