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Ambystoma mexicanum


in captivity at a reptile park in Hoedspruit


As of 2010, wild axolotls are near extinction due to urbanization in Mexico City and polluted waters. Nonnative fish such as African tilapia and Asian carp have also recently been introduced to the waters. These new fish have been eating the axolotls' young, as well as its primary source of food. The axolotl is currently on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's annual Red List of threatened species

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Ambystoma mexicanum Axolotl

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Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

Thank you one and all. Im very happy with the ID and very glad you mentioned salamander Gordon, it is just as interesting and perhaps one day I will see one and know what it is!

LisaPowers 8 years ago

Sonia Daponte is correct with the ID :-)

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 8 years ago

It may very well be. It's one of the issues with IDing captive animals since the point of origin isn't known and Axoloti have been transported widely due to their use in experiments.

Sonia Daponte
Sonia Daponte 8 years ago

I think it's a axolotl :

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 8 years ago

This is a salamander. I wonder if they are cave salamanders?

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Maruleng Local Municipality, Limpopo, South Africa

Spotted on Nov 2, 2010
Submitted on Sep 18, 2012


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