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Axolotl "Ambystoma mexicanum"

Axolotl "Ambystoma mexicanum"


The Axolotl (ax-uh-lot-ll), also known as Water Dragons or Mexican Walking Fish, are a fully aquatic amphibian that never leave the larval stage and morph into full salamanders. They live their entire lives underwater, breathing through featherlike gills on the side of their head.

Axolotls are large salamanders that come from the remnants of lakes Xochimilco and Chalco in Mexico City, Mexico. Axolotls live their entire lives in water, never emerging onto land.

They come in many color morphs, the most common being wild type, leucistic (white), albino, melanoid (black), and golden albino.  Any of these color morphs may also carry the GFP (green fluorescent protein) gene, which means they will glow green under black lights.  

also known as a Mexican salamander:::  The Axolotl is colloquially known as a "walking fish", it is not a fish, but an amphibian. The species originates from numerous lakes, such as Lake Xochimilco underlying Mexico City. Axolotls are unusual among amphibians in that they reach adulthood without undergoing through metamorphosis Instead of developing lungs and taking to land, the adults remain aquatic and gilled.

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