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The Naturalisation of Animals & Plants in New Zealand George Malcolm Thomson

The Naturalisation of Animals & Plants in New Zealand

George Malcolm Thomson

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General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1922 Original Publisher: The University Press Subjects: Natural history Animal ecology Plant ecology Plants Nature / General Nature / Plants Science / Life Sciences / Biology / GeneralMoreGeneral Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1922 Original Publisher: The University Press Subjects: Natural history Animal ecology Plant ecology Plants Nature / General Nature / Plants Science / Life Sciences / Biology / General Science / Life Sciences / Botany Science / Life Sciences / Ecology Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / General Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: Chapter V REPTILES AND AMPHIBIA Class REPTILIA Order LACERTILIA Family Lacertide English Scaly Lizard (Lacerta vivipara) Mr T. W. Kirk (in 1886) reports the occurrence of several specimens on the Tinakori Hills, Wellington, probably introduced with some cases of plants for the Botanical Gardens. I am not aware that they increased, or were seen again after the first year. Sub-Class Chelonia Family Chelydide Australian Fresh-water Turtle (Chelodina longicollis) Representatives of this species -- popularly known as Australian tortoises -- have been frequently imported into New Zealand by dealers and private individuals. In 1889 a large number were brought to Dunedin for the Fisheries Court of the South Seas Exhibition, and at the close of the Exhibition were sold and distributed. Two of these were given to Mr A. M. Johnson in October 1890, and he had them for some years. None of these animals at the Dunedin Exhibition was ever seen to eat, though they were offered all kinds of food. Mr G. Howes states that one or more fresh-water turtles were seen about the Waihopai River in North Invercargill about 1903. Japanese Tortoise Mr Cheeseman informs me that a number of these small tortoises were procured from Japan for the Auckland Exhibition in 1913, and at its close about ten remained. These we...