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Scientific Name: Ambystoma mexicanum

Habitat: Lake Xochimilco and Lake Chalco in Mexico

Diet: worms, small fish, insects, crustaceans, arthropods

Life span: 5–6 years average, up to 15

Young: 200–1000 eggs

Size: 15–45 cm (6–18 in); average 23 cm (9 in)

The two lakes that axolotls are native to have been drained for drinking water and agriculture.

Wild populations typically have green and black striped colouration, similar to their close relative, the tiger salamander.

Unlike other amphibians, they do not usually complete their metamorphosis, remaining gill-breathing even when mature.

Axolotls are often used as laboratory research animals because they heal without scar tissue and they can regenerate limbs.

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Axolotl on Animal Diversity Web


Range: Lakes Xochimilco and Chalco, Mexico

Status in the Wild

Status: endangered

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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