An Axolotl is an amphibian, more specifically a salamander, and is part of the order Caudata/Urodela. It is sometimes referred to as a Mexican Walking Fish, even though it is not a fish. The Axolotl is not a lizard or reptile either. The Axolotl lived in the wild and is native to Lake Xochimilco, and Lake Chalco. However, these lakes barely exist anymore due to the close by expansion of Mexico City over the years. Now, the Axolotl are commonly kept as pets!
The Axolotl are very unique creatures because unlike many salamanders, the Axolotl remain in their larval stage, throughout their lives. They do reach maturity, however there skin and bodily makeup remains that of the larval stage, for example, their eyes do not protrude from their faces and they do not develop eyelids. However, they are able to reproduce.
Axolotls do make good pets if you take care of them! They must be kept at 57-68 degrees fahrenheit, they also like a good place where they can escape the light. A good tunnel or upside down bowl is perfect. The lining of coarse gravel works well on the bottom of the tank, although bare works as well. Some owners believe that leaving the bottom bare will cause the axolotls the anxiety of not being able to find a foothold.
So, now you know, Axolotls make great pets, and are very interesting critters!
Story by Olive Donochod