Tuatara-The tuatara is unusual for lots of reasons; it has a single-chambered lung, the most primitive heart of any reptile, its teeth are not teeth but rather jagged outcroppings of its jawbone, its spine resembles that of a fish more than any other reptile, and, oh, wait, it has three eyes. Yes. Three eyes. And its lifespan is just as weird; it reaches sexual maturity extremely late, at between 20 and 30 years, and doesn't even stop growing until its 35th year.

Tuatara-The tuatara is unusual for lots of reasons; it has a single-chambered lung, the most primitive heart of any reptile, its teeth are not teeth but rather jagged outcroppings of its jawbone, its spine resembles that of a fish more than any other reptile, and, oh, wait, it has three eyes. Yes. Three eyes. And its lifespan is just as weird; it reaches sexual maturity extremely late, at between 20 and 30 years, and doesn't even stop growing until its 35th year.

Tūī - bird unique to New Zealand (Tūī are important pollinators of many native trees and will fly large distances, especially during winter for their favourite foods)

Tūī - bird unique to New Zealand (Tūī are important pollinators of many native trees and will fly large distances, especially during winter for their favourite foods)

Taxidermied Indigenous New Zealand Moa (now extinct) and native Kiwi bird.

Taxidermied Indigenous New Zealand Moa (now extinct) and native Kiwi bird.

GOODNIGHT KIWI, New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation. Some of us remember this !  :-) Yes we do!

GOODNIGHT KIWI, New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation. Some of us remember this ! :-) Yes we do!

Pineapple Lumps - voted #60 in the 101 Must-Do's for Kiwis! I must have these!

Pineapple Lumps - voted #60 in the 101 Must-Do's for Kiwis! I must have these!

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