Handcarved NZ Native Tuatara - by Andrew Lyons
Carved native NZ tuatara by carver Andrew Lyons
25 x 9 x 7 cm
About the Tuatara:
Tuatara are the only surviving members of the order Sphenodontia. This order was well represented by many species during the age of the dinosaurs, some 200 million years ago. All species except the tuatara declined and eventually became extinct about 60 million years ago.
Because of this tuatara are of huge international interest to biologists. They are recognised internationally and within New Zealand as species in need of active conservation management.
The tuatara is a single species Sphenodon punctatus.