The axolotl is a cold blooded aquatic amphibian. It is a species of salamander which originated in Mexican lakes. It is very unique in that it maintains its juvenile state while still being able to reproduce . This characteristic is called 'neoteny".
Axolotls have the amazing ability to regenerate body parts. This includes toes, limbs, gills, tails, and even organs!
Axolotls make desirable pets because they are relatively easy to care for, come in many colors and morphs, and are extremely entertaining to watch.
Captive axolotls can live to be approximately 10 to 15 years of age if they are well cared for. They typically can grow anywhere from 8 to 12 inches. Some specimens will not grow past 6 inches.
An axolotl is not considered sexually mature until the age of 18 months. Sexing them at a young age is visually not possible. The male can reveal his gender as early as 6 months and as late as 18 months. Thus, a female is not considered female until 18 months.
Axolotls do not like bright light and can often be found hiding. They spend most of their adult life holding still and looking very "derpy" at that. When younger, they are known for being more active in the tank.
Axolotls can recognize their owner(s) and beg for food. Each specimen is unique in both looks and personality.