Animal of the Week



07 June 2018

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Animal Studies


This week's animal of the week is the Axolotl. Axolotls are a fully aquatic amphibian and are now only found in the canals of the former Xochimilco Lake, Mexico. The axolotl's life cycle is a rare phenomenon as they live their entire lives in the Larval stage, but still breed. This is called neoteny.

Axolotls are inquisitive and quite active animals. They are known to sometimes get their gills entangled in some plants and have predatory tendencies so they may eat smaller tank mates or attack limbs and should therefore be solitary. They may also eat fish and fish may in turn try to eat an axolotl's gills causing damage.

 

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