AXOLOTL SALAMANDER - (Ambystoma mexicanum) ©Armin Hinterwirth
- The axolotl is the best known of the Mexican neotenic mole salamanders belonging to the Tiger Salamander complex.
- Larvae of this species fail to undergo metamorphosis, so the adults remain aquatic and gilled.
- The species originates from the lake underlying Mexico City and is also called ajolote (which is also the common name for the Mexican Mole Lizard).
- Axolotls are used extensively in scientific research due to their ability to regenerate most body parts, ease of breeding, and large embryos.
- They are commonly kept as pets in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Japan (sold under the name wooper looper).
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axolotl
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