Friday, 15 April 2011

Do we measure up!!

It's that time of year again. Every six months Lindsay weighs and measures us. There are about 100 animals in the Tuatarium, all of them get their annual check up!

All the Adults are micro-chipped, all animals are once they reach 5 years old.  This makes it easier for Lindsay to know who we are. 

I (Henry) haven't grown for around 40 years - therefore I am as big as we get!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Our first skype

Today we had our first skype with a class in Hamilton! This is a fantastic chance to get to talk to Lindsay - our tuatara expert, ask questions and to see a live tuatara if your not from the Southland region.

If you are interested in arranging a skype date for education purposes, contact Colin Anderson - Coordinator of Education & Visitor Services.



The Process

Taken from our nice spot in the Tuatarium and picked up for weigh in

Lindsay then weighs us to check our growth

He then measures the length of our tails and compares it from the last 6 months

This process allows Lindsay to track every one of the Tuataras' growth. Tuatara have a large growth period over the summer, this is due to warmer weather and eating more.

Til next time,