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We Believe in Axolotls

All About Axolotls

• Axolotl (pronounced ACK-suh-LAH-tuhl)

 

• Scientific name for the Mexican Axolotl is Ambystoma Mexicanum

 

• Axolotls are amphibians that spend their entire lives underwater

 

• They remain in larval stage characteristics throughout life


• Axolotls prefer temperatures of 68 degrees and under

 

• They develop lungs, as well as breathe through their gills and their skin

 

• Axolotls have no eyelids to shield from light. This is why it is important to have lots of hiding spots

 

•Axolotls come in a variety of different colors.  There is the wildtype (varying shades of brown usually with spots), melanoid (black), leucistic (pale pink with black eyes), and albino (golden or pale pink with pink eyes). There are also some that possess a green fluorescent protein (gfp) when exposed to light in the blue to ultraviolet range will glow. Wildtypes with the gfp protein will appear green in color and leucistics will appear yellow in color.

 

• Axolotls are carnivores, so meat is essential for their diet

 

• Axolotls swallow their food whole since they do not have teeth for grinding or biting, but have groove-like teeth used for gripping their food


• When Axolotls eat, they inhale anything near them.  That is why it is important to use a bare bottom tank, rocks larger than the Axolotl's mouth, or sand that can pass through the Axolotl's stomach, since regular gravel can block the stomach & even cause death

 

• Males will have swollen cloaca (lumps behind rear legs) & females will have a tiny bump, if one at all

 

• They can grow up to a foot in length, although the average Axolotl is closer to 9 to 10 inches

 

• They weigh from 2.11 to 8 ounces

 

• They live up to 10 to 15 years

 

• They have the ability to regenerate limbs, tail, damaged parts of its lungs, heart, spinal cord, & brain.

 

• They exist in wild only in one place… in a lake complex called Xochimilco (pronounced SO-chee-MILL-koh) in Mexico

 

• Due to Xochimilco shrinking, parts being contaminated, and the introduction of carp and tilapia which compete for food/eat Axolotl eggs, the wild Axolotl is considered endangered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species & International Union for Conservation of Nature

 

• Today, the Axolotl is used in research and a large number are owned as pets