Top Ten Facts About Axolotls

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Here are some facts about these strange and adorable amphibians

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1 An axolotl never undergoes metamorphosis, making it forever a larva An axolotl never undergoes metamorphosis, making it forever a larva

But it can still grow and mate despite being forever a larva - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

2 There's a way to make axolotls undergo metamorphosis There's a way to make axolotls undergo metamorphosis

Giving them a shot of iodine will make them undergo metamorphosis and completely transform, making them look like tiger salamanders, but with spots instead of stripes. But this can be fatal so don't try it - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

3 In the wild, axolotls are only found in lake Xochimilco In the wild, axolotls are only found in lake Xochimilco V 1 Comment
4 Axolotls are critically endangered Axolotls are critically endangered

A search of lake Xochimilco (where axolotls live) in 2013 didn't come out with any axolotls, which means they might be extinct in the wild - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

5 Axolotls are named after a god Axolotls are named after a god

Have you ever wondered why they have such a strange name? Well, it's because they're named after the Aztec god of death, Xolotl - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

6 Axolotls have amazing healing ability Axolotls have amazing healing ability

They can grow back a lost limb, part of organ, and even part of brain! - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

7 Wild axolotls are rarely white or pinkish Wild axolotls are rarely white or pinkish

Wild axolotls are usually greenish brown or black. The white or pinkish ones aren't albinos though. They're "leucistic", and they descend from a mutant male that was shipped to Paris is 1863 - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

8 The feather-like structures on an axolotl's head is its gills The feather-like structures on an axolotl's head is its gills

Because its gills are on the outside, it can absorb more oxygen - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

9 Axolotls are edible Axolotls are edible

Back then, the Aztecs used to eat axolotls. Today, fried axolotls are served in some restaurants, which people describe as tasting similar to eel or chicken - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

10 Axolotls can be kept as pets Axolotls can be kept as pets

You need a large tank because they produce lots of wastes, which means small tanks will get dirty fast. You also need a lid and filter, but no lighting and sand is preferred over pebbles. Pellets and worm cubes which they eat can be bought in pet stores. You can keep some adult axolotls in the same tank, but no axolotl smaller than 5 inches, as they might nip at each other - XxDarkStorm_PhoenixMothxX

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1. An axolotl never undergoes metamorphosis, making it forever a larva
2. There's a way to make axolotls undergo metamorphosis
3. In the wild, axolotls are only found in lake Xochimilco
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