Tuatara Art Print.
Digital art print created from hand drawn Tuatara on green by NZ Artist Penny Royal.
High quality unframed laser print on Crane Lettra Pearl White 300gsm Rag stock.
Prints are available in A4 and A3, please get in touch if you would like a different size.
Please note, prints are made to order and will be ready for dispatch within 7 days.
All prints are printed at my local printer based in Richmond, NZ. Then hand signed and packaged by me in Stoke, NZ.
Art prints are sent in a cellophane sleeve and shipped flat.
I also have this design available on wallpaper, fabric and homewares here
This design is available for wholesale for retailers, please get in touch if you would like to stock it!
Note on Shipping:
Did you know that I only charge a flat rate for shipping for greeting cards, art prints and calendars regardless of how many you purchase?
You just pay for the biggest item in your cart and then you can add alllll the other cards, prints and calendars for no extra shipping!! I also don’t charge extra for Rural delivery (I got you country folk, I was raised in the wop wops 😊)
So, say you buy an A4 art print – within NZ shipping is $7.50 (this is what I get charged, no markup from me) – then you add a calendar, wait 2 calendars for both your sisters-in-law, then 8 greeting cards and 3 more A4 art prints… you will still only pay $7.50 shipping.
I also have a free pickup option for my local peeps, just select ‘Free Local Pickup’ from the shipping options in checkout and you won’t pay a thing for shipping, and let’s be honest, I usually hand deliver them if I am going past!
International folks, the shipping from NZ is really expensive for us (the downside of living on a beautiful island in the middle of nowhere). But same deal, you only pay one flat rate for the largest item, so same price for 1 art print as it is for 10… or more! (I mean if you want to order 1500 art prints, I will be so frikken grateful for the order I am happy to shout you the extra shipping, even if you live in Antarctica!)
I package my items as beautifully and safely as I possibly can and use as much recycled packaging as I can – I am not perfect, and am totally open to suggestions! I have an awesome record of items arriving perfectly and people always comment how beautiful their package was to open.
I even had an A3 print that went all the way to Italy and back (delivery address issue at the Italian end) and while the packaging was a little tatty, the art print inside was still perfect!!
Occasionally I have had an issue on third party sites overcharging the shipping, but I have worked out how to refund part of the shipping, so I just put that back through to the customer – even if it is only $2.80, I got you.
The other items on my website are not items I keep in stock in my office studio in Stoke, Nelson, NZ. They are printed on demand and shipped by my awesome collaboration partners from all over the world. I love print on demand, it means I can offer a huge range of high quality items with no wastage, nothing is created until you order it, and then it is printed just for you. So the shipping rates are set by them and not something I have any control over.
Tuatara Art Print
Tuatara are a rare reptile found only in New Zealand. They are the last survivors of an order of reptiles that thrived in the age of the dinosaurs. Tuatara once lived throughout mainland New Zealand but now only survive in the wild on 32 islands.
Tuatara are New Zealand’s largest reptile. Adult males are about 0.5 metres in length, and weigh up to 1.5 kg when fully grown. The male has a distinctive crest of spines running along the neck and down the back. He can erect these spines to attract females or when fighting with other males.
The colour of tuatara ranges from olive-green, to brown, to orange-red. They can also change colour over their lifetime. They shed their skin once per year. Tuatara have one of the slowest growth rates of any reptile. They keep growing until they are about 35 years old. A tuatara’s average life span is about 60 years, but they can live up to 100 years.
Tuatara are the only surviving members of the order Sphenodontia. This order was well represented by many species during the age of the dinosaurs, some 200 million years ago. All species except the tuatara declined and eventually became extinct about 60 million years ago. Because of this, tuatara are of huge international interest to biologists. They are recognised internationally and within New Zealand as species in need of active conservation management.
Low genetic diversity is a significant threat to the survival of many tuatara populations. While a few populations are large and healthy, some populations on very small islands have naturally low genetic diversity because the islands are too small to carry a large healthy population. Many other populations were reduced to just a handful of old tuatara before the rats were eradicated. In these latter cases, the populations started to recover but with permanently decreased genetic diversity.