Tuatara (Sphenodon punctuates) This ancient reptile is so different from anything alive today that it has its own order (meaning it's not a snake, crocodilian, turtle, or even a lizard!) It has a "third eye" on top of its head with a lens and a retina! Photographed at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch, New Zealand (captive)

Daily Creature 13: Tuatara

Tuatara (Sphenodon punctuates) This ancient reptile is so different from anything alive today that it has its own order (meaning it's not a snake, crocodilian, turtle, or even a lizard!) It has a "third eye" on top of its head with a lens and a retina! Photographed at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch, New Zealand (captive)

Tuatara

(Sphenodon punctuates)

This ancient reptile is so different from anything alive today that it has its own order (meaning it’s not a snake, crocodilian, turtle, or even a lizard!) It has a “third eye” on top of its head with a lens and a retina!

Photographed at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch, New Zealand (captive)

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