Ambystoma mexicanum (axolotl)

This critically endangered freshwater, endemic, amphibian, occurs only in Mexican lakes Xichimilco and Chalco. Axolotl is a typical predator active both day and night, but not very mobile. It is a neotenic animal, meaning that it is able to reach sexual maturity at the larval stage. Likewise all of the amphibians axolotl has external gills. It has a great ability to regenerate lost body parts: tail, gills or parts of limbs can be fully recovered. In the juveniles, entire lost body parts can grow back. It is a species protected by CITES, listed in IUCN Red list of Endangered Species. Its population is estimated for 700 – 1200 individuals.

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