Axolotl By cassidy lyon and brett wheeler

Axolotls are pink salamanders that can grow up to 12 inches, weigh up to 8 ounces and can live up to 15 years. They are found in the Xochimilco lake near Mexico city. This salamander is labeled under critically endangered. Axolotls are amphibians like frogs, but they do undergo a metamorphisis stage. Unlike the frog though, it keeps it's gills, inhabiting land and water which is how it gets it's nickname "The Mexican Walking Fish". It lives in the lake complex of Xochimilco, near Mexico City. It obtains 3 pairs of external gills that suite its nickname, as well as it's signature pink flesh and almost hair like figments on it's gills. Axolotls are highly studied for it's ability to regenerate lost body parts. Axolotls eat mollusks, worms, insect larvae, crustaceans, and some fish(carnivore). Though it can go on land, it prefers the water.

"alt" meaning water and "xolotl" meaning monster, the axolotl's name likely came from this Aztec god, Xolotl.

Axolotls are endangered mostly from pollution, aquaruim trade, introduction of large fish, and of course, being eaten. Mexico City draws constant pollution being funneled into it's lakes and canals.

We are stopping this Axolotls from being endangered by redirecting pollution and giving special attention to the many left axolotls.They were once a delicacy in Mexico city as well. The axololtls are now protected everywhere they can be. There are even programs where you can adopt an axolotl.

Sources: www.NationalGeographic.com www.Google.com

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