Data about <i>Sphenodon punctatus</i>

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Physical Description

Data about <i>Sphenodon punctatus</i>
Body mass
Additional detail 430 g AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity  
Additional detail 430 g adult AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity  


Data about <i>Sphenodon punctatus</i>
Additional detail non-marine IRMNG  
Additional detail terrestrial habitat
  • Terrestrial habitat
    A habitat that is on or at the boundary of the surface of the Earth.
Additional detail biome
  • Biome
    A major class of ecologically similar communities of plants, animals, and other organisms. Biomes are defined based on factors such as plant structures (such as trees, shrubs, and grasses), leaf types (such as broadleaf and needleleaf), plant spacing (forest, woodland, savanna), and other factors like climate. Unlike ecozones, biomes are not defined by genetic, taxonomic, or historical similarities. Biomes are often identified with particular patterns of ecological succession and climax vegetation.
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail chaparral
  • Chaparral
    A shrubland area found primarily in regions with a Mediterranean climate (mid, wet winters and hot dry summers) often shaped by wildfires.
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail cliff Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail coast
  • Coast
    The general region of indefinite width that extends from the sea inland to the first major change in terrain features.
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail island
  • Island
    Area of dry or relatively dry land surrounded by water or low wetland.
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail sea
  • Sea
    A large expanse of saline water usually connected with an ocean.
Environments - EOL project  
  • Interacts with
    an organism has an effect on another organism in the community.
Interacts with
Additional detail Hamilton's Frog GloBI  

Life History and Behavior

Data about <i>Sphenodon punctatus</i>
Total life span max
Additional detail 90 years AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity  
Onset of fertility
Additional detail 11.99 years male AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity  
Additional detail 11.99 years female AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity  

Physiology and Cell Biology

Data about <i>Sphenodon punctatus</i>
  • Basal metabolic rate
    Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the amount of energy expended daily by humans and other animals at rest. Rest is defined as existing in a neutrally temperate environment while in the post-absorptive state.
Basal metabolic rate
Additional detail 0.0605 Watts AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity  
  • Body temperature
    The degree of heat in the body of a living organism, temperature is measure of the average kinetic energy of the particles in a sample of matter, expressed in terms of units or degrees designated on a standard scale.
Body temperature
Additional detail 22.35 degrees Celsius AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity  


Data about <i>Sphenodon punctatus</i>
Extinction status
Additional detail extant IRMNG  

Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Data about <i>Sphenodon punctatus</i>
Conservation status
Additional detail least concern
  • Least concern
    A taxon is Least Concern when it has been evaluated against the criteria and does not qualify for Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable or Near Threatened. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.


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