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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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Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014   General Artist
Thank goodness theirs a captive population at least!
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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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WaterbendingQueer Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student 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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WaterbendingQueer Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student 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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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Despite the lack of them in their native mexico, I am confident that captive axolotyls will outlast humans, as feral animals in waterways in other places. This is still not a good solution, though.
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memuco Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
You have a good point plus they are a miracle in itself, so I would not be surprised at all.

thank you

Memuco
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm sure that wild feral axolotyls will perpetuate after humans die off.
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memuco Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
That my friend would be awesome
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
it really, really would :)
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asimplestory Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
adorable
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memuco Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much
:)
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bruuno117 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Ive wanted one so bad ever since I discovered these awesome critters,
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memuco Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
They are quite popular it sems as pets and they do well in captivity

cheers

memuco
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totodile-fan Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
We have some at the zoo and they are facinating creatures.
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memuco Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
They are, I have a colleague who has some and I can just spend hours l;ooking at them.
thanks for your comment


memuco
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totodile-fan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Welcome! ^^
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Ligarththedragon Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's a real shame these little guys are endangered :C
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memuco Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
yeah it's a shame but pollution will do that and over-population. They are basically gone in their native lake but they do sell them and breed them as pets now.

thank you for your commment

memuco
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Vampire-Sacrifice Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've got a little devil of my own, but I sure hope to help re-populate them when she's old enough for mating! These animals are amazing!
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memuco Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Where do you live? I have a wrokmate that has 2 of them here in China. Its seeems that in the pet trade they are quite popular here.
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Vampire-Sacrifice Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really?
I'm from Florida!
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LandGart Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL this is awesome! Very informative and entertaining! Great job :)
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memuco Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you, he is a cool little dude!

cheers

memuco
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SantillanStudio Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional
I love axolotls, are very beautiful creatures. As far as I know, it has been predicted that the species will be officialy extincted in natural habits by 2015 or less. :(

But fortunately, not everything is lost. The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) is working in preservation projects with great success. Even if the species disappears from the wild, and ecosystem is damaged irreparably, there are breeding sites where they are studied and are protected from extinction. Eventually they could build a sanctuary or reserve, or introduce the species in new habitats.
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memuco Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
True that is the prediction. and it made me very sad. I did not want to put that info just that the last survey did not reveal any of them because there is an intensive program as far as I know to reintroduce them. will it work? let's hope. it worked with the Arabian Oryx. The good thing is the Axolotls do well in captivity not like the Vaquita the little porpoise. it dies soon after captured too timid and shy.

thank you so much

memuco
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Coercri Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There used to be one in the science lab in high school. He used to creep me out. lol But he always looked so sad and would hope someone would pay attention to him. He was so lonely and bored in an aquarium by himself. Your drawing makes him look so lovable. He needs freedom, friends, family and a future. :(
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memuco Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
he does, he need s alot of things he needs a future that's for sure.

thank you
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Coercri Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel bad for being creeped out by him in high school. lol
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memuco Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
dont feel bad its normal its something you had not been exposed to. and to tell the truth the white ones and the black ones are ute ones the other ones are petty ugly. The is a reportr here at the paper where i work (BEIJING), and he has one. but he is the cutest thing. that is where I based this guy up there..

:)
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Coercri Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, I'm a girl and slimey things are creepy. :p There are black ones too? I never knew that. =O
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memuco Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
yes there are black brown, mixed, pink, purple (well kind of). but the real cute ones are the white ones i think.
yeah slimy things are creepy but this guy does not look thaaaaat slimy :) but I would not know since I never held the guy either.

thank you Coerci
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Coercri Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the late reply. ^^;

I'd love to see a purple one. Maybe I'll like it a bit more. lol
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thehootfrommrowliy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, what a beautiful creature. I hope we'll be able to save this little guys from the brink of extinction...
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memuco Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hopefully, fingers crossed!!!

thank you

memuco
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ScelusSceleris Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Such a beautiful animal! This breaks my heart!
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memuco Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Supposedly they gave them about 5 years or less to dissapear. lets hope that it does no happen.

:(
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ScelusSceleris Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No! They are so cute!
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memuco Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
You know what weird, I know this guy (here in China) that has one, well now he has 2, it seems like they are big here as pets. and I just go there and look at it in amazement, it looks so alien, so beautiful, so old, but amazing incredibly amazing. To sad that because the pat trade took a lot of them out of there they are suffering (besides the giant pollution in Mexico City) they are very cute
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ScelusSceleris Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:c I hate illegal animal trading. It breaks my heart...
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memuco Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
me too it breaks my heart makes me sad and makes me want to go kick some poachers butt.

grrrrrrr

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ScelusSceleris Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Let's do this!
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memuco Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's great I ove the ranting this is what I am looking for. People you get get angry. we should all be very angry and do things. I agree. At some point humanity will wake up from the long partying on mother nature and they will have the worst hangovers...because they wont be a cure for this one.

thank you

memuco
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rickblade34 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Is nothing sacred anymore? These poor things did nothing to us.
We are heading for a terrible disaster, and when the wake-up call comes, it will be too late.
Mother nature should punish us like the spoilt little brats we've become.
At least there are some of us that give a stuff.

Forgive my ranting!
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