Suspicious Animal Of The Day: The Tuatara

Read all about this living fossil of New Zealand in The New York Times. Highlights include:

  • Has a third eye
  • Eats crickets the size of cats
  • Lives 200 years; doesn’t reach sexual maturity until age 20; remains fertile into the 100s
  • The male has no penis, but does have an inflatable crest
  • Can operate at much cooler temperatures than other reptiles
  • Has incredibly quick-changing filler DNA, but hasn’t faced major changes to morphology since before the dinosaurs

You are a true weirdo, tuatara. America welcomes you.

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