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Purrcatnip
January 30th, 2009, 09:50 PM
I had to post this up because its amazing to me that reptiles live so long. Especially since this lizard battled cancer, and still became a dad late in his years. Or actually, they live to be 250.. so not so late in his years.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/01/090127-reptile-dad-AP-picture.html

Glowy
January 30th, 2009, 09:54 PM
awww, Grumpy guys need love too. He is adorable.

citrinedream
January 30th, 2009, 10:05 PM
Very cool! I didn't know there were lizards that lived that long too. :thumbsup:

Raxeph
January 30th, 2009, 10:22 PM
Ah, a tuatara! :) Their lifespan's not the only interesting thing about them, too:


Their dentition, in which two rows of teeth in the upper jaw overlap one row on the lower jaw, is unique among living species. They are further unusual in having a pronounced parietal eye, dubbed the "third eye", whose current function is a subject of ongoing research. They are able to hear although no external ear is present, and have a number of unique features in their skeleton, some of them apparently evolutionarily retained from fish.

Yes, it's effectively got three eyes. :weirdsmil Other animals have a parietal eye, but none are as well developed as a tuatara's.


It has its own lens, cornea, retina with rod-like structures and degenerated nerve connection to the brain, suggesting it evolved from a real eye. The parietal eye is only visible in hatchlings, which have a translucent patch at the top centre of the skull. After four to six months it becomes covered with opaque scales and pigment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuatara
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parietal_eye

They're not actually a lizard either; they're a reptile of their own.

citrinedream
January 30th, 2009, 10:23 PM
Ah, a tuatara! :) Their lifespan's not the only interesting thing about them, too:



Yes, it's effectively got three eyes. :weirdsmil Other animals have a parietal eye, but none are as well developed as a tuatara's.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuatara
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parietal_eye

They're not actually a lizard either; they're a reptile of their own.
Wow, very cool! I've never heard of them before.

Clair de la Lune
January 30th, 2009, 10:31 PM
I haven't heard of them either, and at one time I wanted to be a herpetologist. Very, very interesting!!

Shanti
January 30th, 2009, 11:52 PM
I have heard of them but didn't know these fascinating tidbits!!
I know reps like many birds species can live incredibly long.

Awesome stuff!!!:thumbsup:

Cunae
January 31st, 2009, 12:03 AM
Go, daddy! I love studdish old dudes.

halfwaynowhere
February 1st, 2009, 05:37 PM
what an awesome creature... I'm gonna call it an un-lizard, lol.

aluokaloo
February 1st, 2009, 05:39 PM
Ah, a tuatara! :) Their lifespan's not the only interesting thing about them, too:



Yes, it's effectively got three eyes. :weirdsmil Other animals have a parietal eye, but none are as well developed as a tuatara's.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuatara
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parietal_eye

They're not actually a lizard either; they're a reptile of their own.



Ooh. Thats neat!
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