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.


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Trent The Coinfinder · July 15, 2018 at 12:37 pm

YES!!! your my absolute favourite YouTuber. You’re by far one of the most knowledgeable fish keepers on YouTube at the moment

dat b0i · July 15, 2018 at 12:47 pm

Pretty cringey intro for me

The Turtle Girl · July 15, 2018 at 12:51 pm

hahaha the axolotl onesies 😂 totally digging it! axies are awesome, I just got one and am enjoying him so much!

Mr D · July 15, 2018 at 12:52 pm

Brother your awesome, now that I know these guys habitat is gone I truly want some…

J. T. · July 15, 2018 at 12:53 pm

i can't read

Mitchell Rosa · July 15, 2018 at 1:23 pm

People who know nothing or just see the Clip of them opening the door will me so confused 😂 great video

Andy Pastuszak · July 15, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Can you breed them?

Richard Fuentes · July 15, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Those are so cool, they would be a bit more challenging to keep with the water temp needing to be so low. That 30 long he was talking about, my l.f.s had one recently. They take up the same footprint as a 55 just much shorter. That's a tank you don't see to often. Great video!

Allyson Chains · July 15, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Hilarious intro! 😃 I love your positive nature & the great people you surround yourself with. Awesome to see!

Nomad · July 15, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Awesome video. I'm surprised your friend didn't bring up their incredible regeneration ability.

Death Nova · July 15, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Nice video. I wish I found a video like this years ago started keeping axolotls

dannette peters · July 15, 2018 at 2:21 pm

LOL, I've used a designated turkey baster for my aquariums since the beginning.

Karen Ruiz · July 15, 2018 at 2:31 pm

You're friends a awesome!! Love this video!!

frankie skates · July 15, 2018 at 2:47 pm

Nice video I was wondering if you can send me some aquarium plants it would be great thanks😊👍

frankie skates · July 15, 2018 at 2:55 pm

I sent you an email

Rahul Kaushik · July 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm

You seem to be a very funny and good human being.. will like to meet you sometime 😀

Blödbear · July 15, 2018 at 3:12 pm

Yess! I love this! One day I will have an axolotl too. 🙂

Ed Montoya 500 Gal African Cichlid printers/diary · July 15, 2018 at 3:29 pm

I got my 500 gal tank 288 gal sump install

Gabor P · July 15, 2018 at 4:04 pm

Hey Sean ! I guess weird people having weird pet. In a good way. Very rear species well that guy is not going to reproduce to strengthen the genepool lol. But interesting animal for sure. I think he is one of the link on the evolution scale and he is stock in the middle and won't evolve further !

Lelani Dixon · July 15, 2018 at 4:39 pm

That has to be the tamest Axolotl I’ve ever seen. I never thought they made good pets until this video. Great job!

guacamole · July 15, 2018 at 6:29 pm

It's fine if the get cut the heal faster than any other living thing on the planet

ShelbyRae Lane · July 15, 2018 at 6:49 pm

The into and ending with your friends dressed and dancing like good axolotl parents made me LOL. I love your videos, there's always humor while you are dropping some good knowledge.

dennis · July 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Interesting!

dennis · July 15, 2018 at 7:37 pm

They say a dog's owner ends up lookin like their dog. But this couple take the cake! LOL

Martine Claeys · July 15, 2018 at 7:47 pm

So cool !

QueAquatics · July 15, 2018 at 7:51 pm

I love these little guys! I have 3 and my daughter has 2, thanks for the info

marky0306 · July 15, 2018 at 8:55 pm

awesome video and funny too, thank you 🙂

Jeff Griffin · July 15, 2018 at 9:28 pm

Axolotl are amazing creatures. They can not only regenerate limbs but also organs and the brain. Been wanting to get one but tank conditions don’t allow a cold water tank in my current setup :/

Vicki K · July 15, 2018 at 9:45 pm

Spectacular! It's going to be the new dance craze: The Axolotyl!

A Gamer's Wife · July 15, 2018 at 10:15 pm

What a beautiful axolotl! Thanks so much for covering the species on your channel. It's clear Artie has two very loving parents. 🙂

Damion Markham · July 16, 2018 at 12:08 am

What ever you do don't clone the axelotl people 😃. I'm sure glad there are dedicated people keeping them safe and loved

Jordan Graff · July 16, 2018 at 8:47 am

The onesies are weird but so are axolotl keepers…. I love em but can no longer keep them because I can't keep water cool enough. Beautiful little things though.

V. Stag · July 16, 2018 at 9:47 am

Awesome Video Thanks for sharing #FishFam #NJAE18

BIBLEWP.COMTM · July 16, 2018 at 6:06 pm

Very interesting!

MsLinanator · July 17, 2018 at 6:40 am

He’s beautiful!!!!!

judyki · July 18, 2018 at 8:50 am

I just saw an axolotl in real life just a week ago and i am in love. They where black. I even dream of them so I'm doing some research and hopefully someday in a near future i may get one. Your video was awsome as well as your friends. Beautiful axolotl! ♡

Paul Monico · July 18, 2018 at 12:58 pm

Hey Pecktec love the tanks but why don’t you keep some bigger fish a lot of the species you have are pretty small

Alexis Sixela · July 18, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Awesome! I want pijamada like that! 😬

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