Something I have been doing a lot as of late is schooling people on these amazing (some may say ugly I say adorable) creatures.
These creatures came into my life a year ago and have been in my husband’s life for almost two years.
So some background, my husband works at a children’s museum here in AQ. He builds and designs exhibits for the museum, so he basically has the coolest job EVER!
He is also in charge of the animals at Explora (the museum) – he is kind of like a really HOT Hagrid! Everyone loves him and so do the animals!
So a couple years ago the museum got two of these odd creatures and well one thing led to another and they got knocked up! And these guys just don’t have one or two babies or even a commendable six like cats and dogs – these guys out did other species and had 80 babies! The second time (yes they had more!) they had about 75 babies.
Now these babies have to be separated from their parents, which sounds sad but their parents could possibly eat them – it’s not guaranteed but it could happen. There is also not enough room in one tank for all of them. So they have been split up and half are living in my dining room and the other half are living at Shane’s desk at Explora!
Once they grow up – Shane will find wonderful homes for them.
So learn and love friends – these guys are so amazing and cool!
Cool facts about Axolotls (pronounced Ax-oh-lot-ul)
- They originate from two lakes near Mexico City
- Because their natural habitat is shrinking they are now considered endangered
- They are one of the few animals that have both gills and lungs, so they can breathe underwater or take gulps of air from the surface.
- When they are sexually mature, the color of their fingertips changes
- They can live up to 15 years!
- You MUST be careful that they don’t eat the rocks in the bottom of their tanks! They will swallow them if the rocks are not big enough! This has happened to Shane – the original mama axolotl ate a rock then threw it up later!!
- They have five toes in the back and four in the front. . . .
- And this is the coolest thing about them –They regenerate body parts.
- They are actually being studied because of this feature. Shane has seen an arm (and other body parts) regenerate! So awesome!
Hope you fall in love with these guys!