Tuatara: A Living Fossil
"The tuatara is an ancient reptile still existing in New Zealand. It is one of the four Orders of the Class Reptilia. The others are: crocodiles and alligators, turtles and tortoises, lizards and snakes. Thus, it is unique in the reptile world. This book is a detailed description of the characteristics and habits of this animal. In addition, it describes the relationship between the tuatara and the Maori (the indigenous people) and the rest of New Zealand. Zoo history and suggestions for zoo handling are also covered along with information about the New Zealand government's excellent steps to protect this unusual animal. It closes with a review of research, present and future. The book contain black & white and color photographs, a glossary, bibliography, and index"--Publisher's description.
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