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Edible frog

Edible frog

Belica

Belica

Brown bullhead

Brown bullhead

Axolotl

Axolotl

Facts

LatinAmbystoma mexicanum
Size30 cm
FoodWorms, insects and fish
HabitatLakes and volcanic craters
IUCN

Critically endangered

The axolotl is critically threatened due to the destruction of its habitat resulting from water contamination and lakes drying out. It is also considered a delicacy in Mexico.

LocationCentral Mexico
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An extant water dragon

With its funny appearance, the axolotl resembles a genuine water dragon. The bushy structures on either side of its head are external gills. Unlike on other fish, on the axolotl they are not covered.

Many colours

Axolotls come in many different colours: ranging from the colourless albinos to brownish and black ones. Albinos have been bred in the laboratory and are rarely seen in the wild.

Forever young

Unlike most frogs and other salamanders that walk on land as adults, the axolotl seldom evolves beyond the larval stage, so it lives its whole life under water.

A special ability

The axolotl has an amazing ability to regenerate if it gets injured. In a couple of months it can grow new bones, gills or even parts of its brain.

Laboratory experiments

For many years, scientists all over the world have been studying the axolotl. Its extraordinary ability to grow new body parts such as a tail and legs is a property scientists would like to emulate in humans.


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