02 Dec Our mystery animal is the Tuatara – 𝘚𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘥𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘴
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The males in my family have spiny crests running along our necks and down our backs. We can fan these out, which is very handy for attracting females or fighting with other males.
Believe it or not, strangely for a reptile, we like cool weather! Over 25 degrees celsius does not agree with us at all but we can live below 5 degrees, by sheltering in burrows.
We are pretty slow growers, not reaching full size until around 35 years old. Our average life span is 60 years but some of us live up to 100!