Although often bred to be white in captivity, white Axolotls are actually quite rare in the wild. Find the original photograph here.
Status: //CRITICALLY ENDANGERED//
Population Estimate: Less than 1,500 individuals in the wild
- Axolotls are illegal pets in only two states, California and New Jersey, to prevent the potential of breeding with native species.
- They were revered in Ancient Aztec Culture.
- Axolotls retain all their juvenile features into adulthood, only found
- Axolotls can regenerate any of their limbs without scarring as many times as necessary
- There has even been a study where researchers were able to transplant an axolotl’s head onto another individual’s body successfully. Yes, you can download that study here.
- They are 1,000 times more resistant to cancer than any other organism.
- Xochimilco is the only lake in the world that Axolotls can be found in the wild due to massive habitat loss since the Spanish invasion of México.
How You Can Help
Conclusively, many researchers believe reintroducing individual Axolotls would lower the genetic variability of the wild population and increase the susceptibility to many diseases, including Chytridiomycosis which has been associated with mass die offs of many amphibian populations in recent years. This means that if reintroduction is not an option, we must save this last population before axolotls become officially extinct in the wild. The Amphibian Ark is a nonprofit organization that funds research and conservation of all sorts of amphibians around the world, including axolotls.
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