Feeding time at the Tuatarium

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    Grubs wanted: Southland Museum & Art Gallery tuatara curator Lindsay Hazley with a juvenile tuatara in the museum’s tuatarium on Monday. The annual call is going out to the public to bring huhu grubs into the museum to feed the tuatara, which only require food in the warmer months. The museum did have a supply of locusts to feed the tuatara, but the insects did not breed fast enough to cater for the 80 tuatara in the facility, Mr Hazley said. “Locusts to tuatara are like crisp potato chips… huhu grubs are like a thick shake.” If people took huhu grubs into the museum on a warm afternoon, they may have the opportunity to watch the tuatara being fed, he said. Getting the community involved in helping to feed the tuatara gave them ownership of the tuatara programme, he said. Huhu grubs can be dropped off at any time the museum was open.

    Photo: Petrina Wright

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