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Axolotl memuco by memuco Axolotl memuco by memuco
The axolotl, an amazing little guy, they are able to grow limbs when cut off, the fact that they remain in a larvae state even in adulthood is fascinating, and well not to mention that it has Lungs and gills. those feathery things coming out it's neck. for this reason the Bio Med industry sought after them a while back, then the pet trade, now most that are sold are bred commercially. It's habitat is way, way way too polluted and that has been it's demise. but supposedly they are cleaning up the area and will reintroduce more there. lives in the Lakes of Mexico City. Xochimilco, and Chalco might be n toher areas but none have been found recently. :(
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nickel8 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poor Axolotl need are help!
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Leviathantamer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Actually the reason why these guys are so prized is because of how truly powerful their regeneration is. Other lizards and amphibians can regrow limbs. So long as the Axolotl isn't dead, it'll regrow what was lost. Frills, Limbs, Minor Organs, Spinal Segments, Small Parts of Brain. that's the real extent of their regeneration.
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Manocat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww  man... and another one bites the dust...
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Creative-Punk Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So are they extinct or what? I thought I saw one at a zoo once...or something like it...
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memuco Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
They are basically gon from their native home but they are sold as pets all over the world.
thank you for your coment. it's appreciated.

memuco
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Creative-Punk Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see.
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CheeseburgerTom Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
In absolute numbers they are safe.  The expansion of Mexico City really did a number on them as the water they live in became polluted and overfished.  Twenty years ago you could buy axolotl tacos from street vendors in Mexico City.  Now they are gone in the wild, but a lot of oet stores in the US and Europe sell them.
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BeautifulAKWinter Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I seen these at the pet store the other day, so wanted to get one! But we weren't sure if they would turn into frogs/toads later because it said "tadpoles" on the tank. ^^; So they're critically endangered? That's so sad! Is there anything we can do to help them?
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CheeseburgerTom Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
They are amphibians like frogs.  However, unlike frogs they normally never lose their gills, and thus spend all or almost all of their lives in the water.

if you want to make them air breathers, it can be done through certain processes, but a large percentage die during the transformation.  At any event it is not natural so if you keep them in the water they will never lose their gills.
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memuco Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes they are in hteir habitat, but Axolotls live well in captivity they basically got a bunch out in the 80's i think ans took them to Asia for the Pet trade. so they will live in house but not in their place of origin.

Thank you for commenting
many regards

memuco
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