The axolotl (/ˈæksəlɒtəl/, from Classical Nahuatl: āxōlōtl [aːˈʃoːloːtɬ] (About this sound listen)) also known as a Mexican salamander (Ambystoma mexicanum) or a Mexican walking fish, is a neotenic salamander, closely related to the tiger salamander. Although the axolotl is colloquially known as a “walking fish”, it is not a fish, but an amphibian. The species originates from numerous lakes, such as Lake Xochimilco underlying Mexico City. Axolotls are unusual among amphibians in that they reach adulthood without undergoing metamorphosis. Instead of developing lungs and taking to the land, adults remain aquatic and gilled.

Axolotls should not be confused with waterdogs, the larval stage of the closely related tiger salamanders (A. tigrinum and A. mavortium), which are widespread in much of North America and occasionally become neotenic. Neither should they be confused with mudpuppies (Necturus spp.), fully aquatic salamanders that are not closely related to the axolotl but bear a superficial resemblance.

As of 2010, wild axolotls were near extinction due to urbanization in Mexico City and consequent water pollution, as well as the introduction of invasive species such as tilapia and perch. They are currently listed by CITES as an endangered species and by IUCN as critically endangered in the wild, with a decreasing population. Axolotls are used extensively in scientific research due to their ability to regenerate limbs. Axolotls were also sold as food in Mexican markets and were a staple in the Aztec diet.

Surveys in 1998, 2003, and 2008 found 6,000, 1,000, and 100 axolotls per square kilometer in its Lake Xochimilco habitat, respectively. A four-month-long search in 2013, however, turned up no surviving individuals in the wild. Just a month later, two wild ones were spotted in a network of canals leading from Xochimilco. The city is currently working on conserving axolotls by building “axolotl shelters” and conserving remaining and potential habitats for the salamanders.


Hey guys!! I hope you enjoyed this short story about how Jimmy the axolotl came to be. Really, I wanted to practice using paper in a stop-motion fashion, so if you enjoyed that style, please leave a comment and let me know! Thanks!
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10 Comments

Kitten Picaboo Style In The House · July 13, 2018 at 12:39 am

I love this video❤️🧡💛💚💚💜🖤

Xalma · July 13, 2018 at 7:07 am

I LOVED this, seriously, this is one of the best videos that you've ever made. It was so interesting and educational too, I've never heard of nor seen an axolotl before… So cool 😀

Super Saiyan What · July 13, 2018 at 1:09 pm

MINE TURTLE!?!?!?
and Jimmy

???????????? · July 14, 2018 at 11:55 am

I believe these reptiles were what the pokemon mudkip was based.

barbie world · July 15, 2018 at 2:16 am

Really good

Menuura · July 15, 2018 at 10:03 am

Never seen that reptile before. Btw this is a rad story!. You really got a massive talent here Kathryne. Great work!

Ariel Lambdin · July 15, 2018 at 11:44 am

I want more Jimmy stories and this kind of animation

Graphicsmile · July 15, 2018 at 11:29 pm

My stepdads friend had axolotl though they were the coolest thing ever

TxvToxic · July 16, 2018 at 4:58 am

Dam nice xD so creative tho, Btw that thing is creepy and cute at the same time lol

Stay Awesome68 · July 17, 2018 at 11:21 am

Awesome! 10/10!

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