Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Axolotl


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Ambystoma mexicanum
PROFILE:

This critically endangered amphibian is normally a very dark brown color; color morphs are common in captivity, including the albino animals you might see. They are common in captivity, but their wild numbers have decreased dramatically due to over-collection, pollution, and the introduction of large predatory fish into their native habitats.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Amphibian, Caudata (salamanders)
NATIVE TO:
central Mexico
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Critically endangered
DIET:
Carnivore
LIFESPAN:
zoos - 17 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Solitary
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