Apr 30, 2012

Axolotl Salamander (Ambystoma mexicanum)

Did you know?

That a derivation of the name “axolotl” refers to the Aztec god Xolotl, the god of games that could become an axolotl to escape his enemies?

The Axolotl Salamander is a neotenic, with indistinct dark spots. The head-body length is about 15 cm, and the tail is about 14 cm. The head profile rises more or less evenly and the body is robust. One fold of the relatively low fin rises at the rear to the height of attachment of the arm. It has a laterally compressed tail, which is the height of the body (including the dorsal and ventral). The webbing between the fingers is not distinguishable. The color is dark brown to black top, bottom and sides are clearer and more contrasting dark staining indistinct. In captive populations, the forms have been bred albino black and white.

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