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Axolotl

Axolotl is a neotenic salamander, closely related to the tiger salamander. Larvae of this species fail to undergo metamorphosis, so the adults remain aquatic and gilled. It is also called ajolote (which is also a common name for different types of salamander). The species originates from numerous lakes, such as Lake Xochimilco underlying Mexico City. Axolotls are used extensively in scientific research due to their ability to regenerate limbs.

Fun Facts

  • Axolotls locate food by smell, and will “snap” at any potential meal, sucking the food into their stomachs with vacuum force.
  • The axolotl does not heal by scarring and is capable of regenerating an entire lost limb in a period of months.

About Our Axolotl

This species is currently housed off-exhibit.

Conservation Status:
Critically Endangered
Extinct Threatened Least
Concern
 
 
 
 
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