NZ invertebrates and reptiles (Weta (The weta is one of NZ's most…
NZ invertebrates and reptiles
The weta is one of NZ's most recognizable bugs and can be found almost anywhere, even in shoes.
habitat: they can live in a variety of places including
shrubs, under rocks, in trees and caves.
diet: they are mainly herbivores but they can also eat insects
size and weight: 10cm and 70g
The giant snail, also known as Powelliphanta, is one of the biggest land molluscs in the world,some growing bigger than a man's fist.
habitat: Giant snails are found in NZ native forests especially
around north-west Nelson and north west land.
diet: Powelliphanta snails are carnivores. Their favourite prey is earthworms, but they are also known to eat slugs.
size: their shell is 10cm in diameter
Although cicadas are not native to NZ they are very common in NZ.
habitat: cicadas are found in a variety of habitats, including tall forest, grasslands, swamps, river beds and sand dunes.
diet: tree sap
size and weight: 2- 5cm in total length in most species, although the largest, the Empress Cicada, has a head-body length of about 7cm, and its wingspan is 18-20cm.
The tuatara is a small dinosaur but a very big NZ icon: it used to be on NZ's 5 cent coin.
habitat: they live only on 37
diet: beetles, crickets, and spiders. Their diets also consist of frogs, lizards, and birds' eggs and chicks.
size and weight: 80cm and 300g to 1kg