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Grumpy, old reptile has a change of heart

In Animal News on January 28, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Proving you can find love at any age, a 111-year-old lizard became the father of 11 this week after finally meeting his perfect match.

Henry, a tuatara living in New Zealand, had a problem with attacking his potential mates. But after having surgery to remove a tumor from his genitals, he’s been a lot friendlier, according to Lindsay Hazley, who works for the Southland Museum and Art Gallery where Henry lives.

The tuatara are only found in New Zealand and can live to be 150 to 200 years old. They’ve been on the endangered reptile order since 1895, so finding a mate for Henry was really important. After surgery, Henry met Mildred, an 80-year-old tuatara, and she laid their 12 eggs last spring. The babies are thriving, but have to be separated from their father, who will eat them if he has the chance.

You can get the latest news on the happy couple and see footage of the hatchlings at SouthlandMuseum.com.

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