March 2017 Salamander of the Month

Salamander of the Month – the axolotl

The axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) commonly referred to as the “Mexican walking fish” is featured as this month’s salamander of the month. This amphibian is interesting due to its ability to regenerate most body parts. The axolotl has the ability to regrow new body parts even including parts of the brain and spinal cord. If an axolotl lost a foot, it has the ability to quickly grow a new limb in under a month! These salamanders are different from most other salamanders because they live their entire lives underwater. Interest in this species is high as they are critically endangered due to expansion of Mexico City, where they are found.  If you would like more information on the Axolotl or salamanders in general, follow the link to http://www.livescience.com/52627-salamanders.html

By Brenden Tully, BIOL 311 student

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