Tuesday 13 February 2024

Axolotl

 

Good morning all you may have noticed there was no Monday post this is because I was pretty unwell throwing up, extremely tired and felt like shit.



Ok time for this weeks creature and it is the Axolotl know what this is, how about if I say it is the Mexican Walking Fish.

However, it isn't really la fish but an amphibian and like the frog and the toad they breath through their gills having three on each side of its head, just above the legs and skin.



However, unlike other amphibians they don't develop past the larval stage which is the tadpole phase in frogs, if they did they would become salamanders.

They are native to Mexico and considered critically endangered, in the will they live for between 5 & 6 yrs but in captivity they can live up to 15yrs.



They are able to heal almost any injured body part, regenerating arms,legs,tails,skin and even major organs such as the heart, liver and kidney.

16 comments:

  1. I have a friend who has one for a pet!

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  2. I must say, they have an alien look. Maybe, upon study, biologists could learn the method of their regeneration?
    Blessings, Jo-Anne!

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    1. Yep alien looking indeed and if only we could regenerate limbs like they do

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  3. Looks and odd sort of fish, but good to know about it Jo-Anne.

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  4. I had three axolotls at one time back in the early 90s. When I was an assistant manager at a pet shop we had ordered some for the first time. One of them was missing two legs, one was missing one leg and a gill, and the third was missing gills on one side of its head. The body parts were eaten off by the other axolotls in the bag they were in. Not that they were mean. They are quite nearsighted and they were hungry. Since we couldn't sell deformed critters I asked if I could take them home and try to keep them alive. (We didn't know much about them at the time.) Well, all three of them grew back their limbs and gills that were missing! Was miraculous to me, I tell you! I studied what I could find at the library about them (this was long before the internet). Not only can they regenerate body parts, if their water supply dries up they can then switch themselves into salamanders to survive. They are amazing, sweet creatures!! I had an albino, a light brown, and a dark brown one. They can get quite a lot bigger than what you find in the stores as youngsters. Awww! I was glad you see you picked these to show today. :)

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    1. Wow that is interesting , I am pleased you liked the post

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  5. So sorry you were not feeling well. I have to say that is a very unusual fish.

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    1. It is unusual and I am feeling better not get great but better

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  6. What a cute little creature.
    Sorry you were ill. That's never fun and I hope you're on the mend.

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  7. What an interesting creature. Nature is amazing! I do hope you're feeling much better today!

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