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Type Animal
CR ¼
Environment Temperate islands
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Source: Bestiary 4, pg(s). 97

Tuataras are small, rare primordial cousins of lizards that evolved in the absence of mammals.[1]

Habitat and ecology

Most tuataras live on isolated islands and are nearly extinct on Golarion's surface.[1][2] Variants are more common in the Darklands, however.[2][3] Some serve as familiars for spellcasters,[2][4] and as exotic creatures were sometimes favored familiars for Arclords of Nex.[5]

Known tuataras


Rock tuataras,[2] sometimes called deep crag tuataras,[3] are the most common underground species of tuatara and plentiful in Nar-Voth, where their camouflage has adapted to cave walls and rocks.[2]

Spined flute tuataras hide among fungal growths, mossy tuataras are named for their tendency to sleep underwater for so long that moss grows on them, and viper tuataras have a venomous bite.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dennis Baker et al. (2013). Bestiary 4, p. 97. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-575-4
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Paris Crenshaw, Crystal Frasier, Thurston Hillman, and Kalervo Oikarinen. (2017). Bestiary. Siege of Stone, p. 83. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-940-0
  3. 3.0 3.1 Crystal Frasier. (July 31, 2014). Comment on "Meet the Iconics: Shardra Geltl", Paizo Blog.
  4. Will McCardell et al. (2015). Familiar Folio, p. inside front cover. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-731-4
  5. Will McCardell et al. (2015). Familiar Folio, p. 5. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-731-4
  6. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2014). Occult Mysteries, p. 3. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-649-2