Axolotl Care

Axolotl Care (Ambystoma mexicanum)

Very unique pets, axolotls are large salamanders that live entirely under the water, never surfacing onto land. Pronounced ACK-suh-LAH-tul, they never undergo a complete metamorphosis from the larval stage (with gills) to adult stage, as other salamanders do. Instead, they stay in their larval stage, breathing and living underwater their whole lives. Axolotls originate from Lake Xochimilco in Mexico, and their wild populations are critically endangered due to climate change, pollution and draining of the lake.
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