This is the Mexican walking fish also known as the Giant salamander, or most commonly the Axolotl. I've really enjoyed learning about this very interesting, endangered animal, and I hope you learn lots about the Axolotl from my project.



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Axolotl

Characteristics:
Reproduction:
Axolotls lay their eggs in the spring because the water tends to get warmer. First the female Axolotl lays her eggs on plants, about 400-1000 at once.They stay there for 2-3 weeks until they hatch.
Grow and develop:
First there is an egg that is about 2mm in diameter. Then, there is embryo prior to hatching where the egg reaches about 11mm. Then the egg hatches to a young larva, prior to growth of limbs. Next the larva grows its front legs with the back legs coming in about two weeks. then after about 18 months to two years, the axolotl meets its full form.
Respond:
I have researched how Axolotls respond, but have not found any information on how they respond. But because they feed in the night i would assume that they hide duing the day to avoid there predators and because of there dark greenish brown color they blend in at night.

Needs:
Food:
Axolotls find there food by smell and there lateral line organs; a system of sense organs found in a aquatic vertebrates. Axolotls usually eat eat small worms, insects, and fish. But if they are really hungry they will bite off limbs of other axolotls
Air:
Axolotls live in the water, so like most fish they breathe through gills. but there gills are a little bit different then most fish have. Axolotls breathe through beautiful, feathery external gills on the back of there heads, instead of the normal internal gills that most fish would have.
Habitat:
Axolotls live in shallow, murky lakes in Mexico city. Such as Aztec Lake, Lake Xochimilco and others near Mexico city. but as Mexico City cotinues to urbanize the Axolotls natural habitat is diapering, and so are the axolotls. Because the axolotls are now an endangered creature, axolotl sanctuaries now exsist to help save the Axolotls.
Water:
Axolotls are amphibians, so they live in water. So Axolotls get there water from there habitat, lakes.

Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
sub phylum: Vertabrate
Class: Amphibea
Order: Caudata
Family: Ambystomatieday
Genus: Ambystoma
Species: Mexicanum


Special Features:
some of the Axolotls most special features are its amazing ability to regrow limbs, and there four legs which help its mobility.
How the special features help the axolotl survive:

The Axolotls ability to regrow limbs helps it survive because when most wild creatures lose a limb they would usually die because they become so weak and they can't do as much, but the Axolotls ability to regrow limbs will make sure it never has to go to long with out a limb. The fact that the Axolotl has four legs helps its mobility, so it can get away from there predators fast.

Physical adaptations:
Wild axolotls are typically greenish brown with small black spots, which help them blend in to plants and rocks in the water. Axolotls have external, feathery gills that help them in the process of respiration. Most likely there strangest adaptation is there strange ability to regrow limbs. Unlike most salamanders, the axolotls stay in the water there whole life. but if the axolotl stays in shallow water for a long time, its gills may absorbed and it can breathe on land. by the process of neoteny, (the inablty to metamorphosize from larva to an adult) the axolotl is able to keep its larval tail, which along with having four legs, helps its mobility.

Behavioral adaptations:
One behavioral adaptation is that Axolotls are emotionless most of the time. But they are normally active from the early morning to early evening. Another behavioral adaptation is there natural breeding season is in the spring because the water becomes warmer and the lengthening of the day.


Thank you for reading my project on the Axolotl. I hope you liked it and learned a lot.