My daughter came across this cute looking fish and of course she said “Mom, I want one..” I had not seen these fish before so I did some research to see what this fish was and found that it is not really a fish. The Mexican walking fish, also known as the axolotl (pronounced ACk-suh-LAH-tuhl) is a very unusual animal. The axolotl is not even a fish, it is an amphibian aquatic salamander.
It has a rare trait of retaining its larval features throughout its adult life. It will keep its tadpole-like dorsal fin, which runs almost the length of its body, and its feathery external gills, which protrude from the back of its wide head. The axolotls differs from most other salamanders because they live permanently in water. In extremely rare cases, an azolotl will progress to maturity and emerge from the water, but most are content to stay on the bottom of lakes and canals.
The most unusual thing about this animal is that if it looses a limb, it can reproduce another one in about 8 weeks.
They pray on small fish, worms and insects, they have a life span of 10 to 15 years. The female Axolotl can lay up to 1000 eggs at a time. They contain poison glands so their pray must think twice before eating the little salamander.
The axolotl is nearing extinction. The axolotl mainly was native from Lake Xochimilco and Lake Chalco, but, unfortunately, these lakes have already disappeared or diminished, and most of these species are kept in hatcherys.