We’re excited to announce the newest additions to the shop, baby axolotls. These adorable little guys are ready for permanent homes.
What is an axolotl?
(One of our babies showing wild-type coloration)
An axolotl is a species of salamander native only to certain lakes surrounding Mexico City. Sadly, due to pollution and introduced species of non-native fish, axolotls are thought to be extinct, or nearly extinct, in the wild.
Unlike your standard-issue salamander, axolotls stay in their juvenile form, and never make the transition to land. Like fish, they will need to stay in the water their entire lives. Adult axolotls can reach 7-10 inches on average and need a minimum of 10-20 gallons for an individual, with a good filter and water below 70 degrees. Axolotls of the same gender can be housed together in larger aquariums, but be careful! Anything moving and bite-sized is food to an axolotl – including a tankmate’s arms and legs!
Scientist prize axolotls for the ability to regrow lost limbs, and the first ones in captivity lived in laboratories. Some were even spliced with jellyfish genes (also known as Green Fluorescent Protein or GFP) to make them glow under black light! All of our guys were bred locally by Marian Huber of the Northwest Herpetological Society, and are prized these days for their little smiling faces.
(Top: GFP wild-type Bottom: Golden GFP)
For more information, check out this care sheet at axolotl.org, or come in to our new location on Lake City Way to see the babies in all their waddly, goofy splendor!
(A leucistic leopard baby)