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Volume 34, 1901
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From some old notes I have recently come on I see I got a pair of tuataras on the 10th November, 1892. I kept them in a large cage, and noted that the female laid the following eggs: One on the 21st December, 1892, six on the 22nd, one on the 23rd, one on the 25th, and one on the 29th; total, ten. Not knowing anything of their habits, I took the eggs, which were about the size of pigeons' eggs, and with soft shells, and placed them in cotton wool in a window of my little workshop facing the sun. Some days afterwards I missed one, and later on another, so, thinking the children were taking them, I locked the place up, yet they went till I had none left. By this time, or at least whilst any were left, I noticed they had shrivelled up considerably. I then examined the nest and found unmistakable evidence of how they were going—viz., mice. I was sorry I could not hatch them, but probably I could not have done so in any case.

8. “Mites attacking Beetles and Moths,” by W. W. Smith. (Transactions, p. 199.)

9. “On a New Zealand Isotachis new to Science,” by E. S. Salmon; communicated by Robert Brown. (Transactions, p. 325.)