14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Not a lizard

This is not a lizard, it is a Tuatara, a reptile native to Aotearoa/ New Zealand. Tuatara are the only surviving members of the order Sphenodontia. There were many species during the age of the dinosaurs 200 million years ago. All species except the tuatara became extinct about 60 million years ago.

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Date Taken: 07.2015
Date Uploaded: 08.2016
Photo Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Copyright: © Ken Clark