Tuatara: (the spine of the fish / reptile-like lizard - the last of the dinosaurs/ Sphenodon punctatus). Though often referred to as a lizard the Tuatara is in fact a reptile who's ancestors became extinct in a previous age. The Tuatara grows slowly, it only comes out at night and can live to a grand old age - its thought up to 300 years for some. It can be found mostly in small uninhabited islands off the New Zealand coast. The young Tuatara has a pineal or "third eye" in the middle of its forehead which by six months is covered over by a scale. The Tuatara is an endangered and protected species.