The axolotl, also known as the “water monster,” is a type of salamander. It is one of the few species of salamander that does not undergo a metamorphosis, retaining its gills and remaining aquatic.
The increasingly threatened axolotl can be found living in lakes located in the Mexico City area of Mexico, including Lake Xochimilco. This fascinating species of salamander is nearing extinction thanks to urbanization, increasing pollution of their home waters, and the introduction of non-native fish that feed on their young.
If you are interested in learning more about the Axolotl, we’ve assembled a few informative links below:
- Axolotls: http://www.axolotl.org/
- National Geographic: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/axolotl/