Tuesday, August 05, 2008

After dark at the reptile house

Henry the tuatara, age 111, is about to become a father for the first time with his younger mate Mildred.

Tuatara curator Lindsay Hazley said Wednesday Henry has lived at the museum's special enclosure for Tuatara since 1970 and had shown no interest in sex until he recently had a cancerous growth removed from his genitals. He was now enjoying the company of three females and might breed again next March.

Hugh Hefner has the enclosure next door.