(Ambystoma mexicanum)

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IUCN Conservation Status
Endangered (EN)
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Axolotls differ from most other salamanders in that they live permanently in water. In extremely rare cases, an axolotl will progress to maturity and emerge from the water, but by and large, they are content to stay on the bottom of Xochimilco’s lakes and canals.

Animal Size

Up to 12 inches

Perhaps one of KidZone's quirkiest inhabitants, axolotls are a must-see for visitors to Zone C. Axolotls live exclusively in small lake complex near Mexico City. They can fully develop into a mature, land moving salamander if their watery homes dry up. The axolotl can completely regenerate lost limbs and injured tissues. This medical marvel is helping scientists unlock the secrets of stem cells. Axolotls are critically endangered in the wild - though, luckily - they are easily bred in captivity. Axolotls are critically endangered in the wild and near extinction.

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