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We have street art, here we can see the rainforest art.
From one colourful pool or lake to another, one goes through the wonderful rainforest. There are some wooden sculptures there. Here the big tuatara. The big fern trees in the background are real.
The tuatara may look like a lizard, but it’s unique. The tuatara is not a lizard; it is the only living member of the order Rhynchocephalia, which flourished around 200 million years ago. All other members of the order became extinct 60 million years ago, in the late Cretaceous period.he name “tuatara” comes from the Maori for “peaks on the back.” Tuataras have spiny crests along their backs made from soft, triangular folds of skin. These spines are more prominent in males, who can raise them during territorial or courtship displays.
Tuataras mature slowly and don’t stop growing until they reach about 30 years old. It is thought they can live up to 100 years in the wild. One such male even reproduced successfully for the first time at 111 years of age with an 80-year-old female. Some experts believe that captive tuatara could live as long as 200 years.
Unfortunately, the tuataras live on the islands and I could see only this wooden one.

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Maybe Gert would prefer This picture with the people
but I liked more the view las if taken from the book about dinosaurs.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13046 W: 139 N: 33749] (153890)
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