The axolotl is a salamander that has the rare trait of retaining its larval features throughout its adult life. This condition is called neoteny which means it keeps its tadpole form and its feathery external gills, which protrude from the back of its head and are very close relatives of the tiger salamander
They were found exclusively in the lake complex of Xochimilco near Mexico City and differ from most other salamanders in that they live permanently in water.
Populations each year were in decline as the demands of nearby Mexico City have led to the draining and contamination of much of the waters of the Xochimilco Lake complex and by 2009 were considered a critically endangered species in the wild, however in 2010 a search was done and no axolotls were found so it is now presumed that Axolotls are now extinct in the wild.
Axolotls can live upto 15 years old in the wild but also in captivity live in your own homes. The wild axolotl and home bred are the same but not to confused with each other.
Captive bred axolotls are in great numbers in homes around the world and can live to 20 years old but in the wild they are extinct.
What are Axolotls?
Is it a Fish? NO, Is it a Reptile? NO, Is it a Tadpole? NO......What is it?, It's an Axolotl