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Have you seen those cute little monsters on the internet with 4 legs and a long tail? Or perhaps a friend has one as a pet or told you about them? If you’re looking for more information on Axolotls, you’ve come to the right place. Before we begin, please take a moment to pin this to your Axolotls board.

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The Axolotl

The Axolotl (pronounced ACK-suh-LAH-tuhl) is a salamander that stays in water its whole life. In the wild, they only still survive in one place: Lake Xochimilco (SO-chee-MILL-koh).

Watch this short presentation to see how to help Axolotls.

The axolotl has a special trait called neoteny. Neoteny keeps them looking like babies, but doesn’t affect them being able to have babies. They can still lay their eggs, underwater.

Very rarely does an axolotl grow up as a salamander and live life on land, but it’s happened in rare cases.

The axolotl can also grow back lost body parts! It’s so crazy, but if an axolotl loses a leg or his tail, he can grow it back.

Sadly, axolotls are endangered. With lake Xochimilco shrinking and carps living in it with the axolotls, eating their eggs and competing with them for food, their population is shrinking. If you want to keep these cute salamanders alive for your kids and your kids’ grandkids’ grandkids, we have to do something about it.

To find out more, watch this TED-Ed Student Talk about Saving the Axolotls.

via Youtube

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