Meet the Axolotl

Aquatic salamanders endemic to Mexico.


Ambystoma mexicanum

Axolotls are aquatic salamanders that retain larval characteristics in their adult reproductive state. They have external feathery gills and a tail with fins for swimming. They come in a variety of colors , ranging from dark, speckled greenish brown, and even albino.

It is a species endemic to Mexico and only found in the canals of Xochimilco.

They usually breed from March to June and can lay from 100 to 300 eggs. These hatch between 10 and 14 days later.


Facts & information

  • Diet: microalgae and crustaceans like brine shrimp and water fleas
  • Size: they can grow to over 30 cm
  • Life expectancy under human care: 12 to 15 years.
  • Conservation status: Critically endangered.

Did you know that?
The axolotl has the ability to regenerate parts of its body like its legs and tail, or even vital organs like the heart and brain.

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