Baby tuatara hatching captured on film (+video)

Tuatara are incubated and hatched at Victoria University in Wellington. Photo / Warren Butcher
Tuatara are incubated and hatched at Victoria University in Wellington. Photo / Warren Butcher

With a face only a mother could love - a baby tuatara was captured on film as it hatched out of its egg at Victoria University of Wellington.

Twenty three eggs were incubated in captivity this year, as a part of an intensive conservation recovery plan between Victoria University, the Department of Conservation (DoC) and local Mana Whenua Ngati Manuhiri, to help save the tuatara from extinction.

Captured using a low-cost microcomputer and infrared camera, the tuatara took seven hours to hatch and was the last of the twenty three eggs.

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The baby reptile also happens to be the 255th tuatara to be hatched at Victoria University since the programme began in the early 1990s.

Watch the time-lapse of the tuatara hatching below:

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