Sunday, April 13, 2008

On the right is a picture of an Mexican axolotl. To you and me it's actually an Salamander. Eyes
It has the rare trait of retaining its larval features throughout its adult life. This condition is called, neoteny, which means it keeps its tadpole-like dorsal fin, which runs almost the length of its body, and its feathery external gills, they protrude from the back of its wide head.
The axolotl differ from most other salamanders because they live permantley in water, and in extremely rare cases an axolotl will progress to maturity and emerge from the water, but in the majority of cases they are content to stay in the water. Mostly on the bottom of the lake where they were found.
They can also regenerate lost body parts.
They are the most studied salamander in the scientific world.

These are a few facts about this particular salamander:
Type: Amphibian
Diet: Carnivore
Size: Up to 12 inches
Weight: 227g

The reason I am telling you this is because they are now becoming extinct.

I do not know how we can stop this but I think it's a beautiful creature in it's own right.
Don't you?

1 comment:

dickiebo said...

Shall I say 'Yes', or can I tell the truth, please?