February 26, 2011

Crunch! Crunch! Crunch!

The tuatara is an unusual reptile that lives on New Zealand.

How unusual? Well, the tuatara can live to be over 100 years old AND it has a primitive "third eye" at the top of its skull.


But the reason that the tuatara is on Ultra-Gross! is because of its eating habits. It loves to chow down on gigantic crickets called wetas. (That's a weta to the left.)

And according to a tuatara researcher, “Walking through the forest at night, you can hear the tuataras eating — crunch, crunch, crunch.”

Top photo from here,
cricket from the New York Times.

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