About Axolotl :
Ambystoma mexicanum is the zoological name of Axolotl. The name "Axolotl" is derived from the Aztec language, "Nahuatl". It means the God of deformations and death. The Axolotl is one of the seven ugliest animals in the world. It is of Mexican origin and from the Salamander clan of species. This looks like it has been thrown into the world without completing its formation. They reside in aquatic environments, they remain so throughout their lives and they feed on marine organisms.
Features and basic information about Axolotl :
The Axolotl looks as if they have no eyelids on its eyes so their eyes resembles like buttons. Their hands and feet look as if they are plagued with a pneumatic condition. It has huge head with pokey shards.
These confusing mammals were meant to be land based animal and are now turned out to be part of the marine species. They are slowly gaining popularity with aquarium owners as it is an unique addition to their collection of marine life. One common misconception that everyone has is that axolotls and other salamanders are regarded as lizards or reptiles. However, the fact is that they are amphibians, which are a separate group of animals.
Axolotl care :
Axolotl are very easy to take care, as they only require to be fed after every three to four days. They can survive on tadpoles, worms and some very small marine fish. They are not very amiable within their own species or you can say within their own community. It is not at all a good idea to put too many of them together in an aquarium, they might break each other's legs off but the good news is this species of animal has a unique ability to grow back their lost limbs. They excrete a lot of waste and they are in the form of ammonia, therefore filtration and changing of water in the tank is very essential.
Colors of Axolotl :
Axolotls are of different colors and they occur in captivity, which includes grey, brown, leucistic, and golden white albino, melanoid. The normally colored axolotl, that is the "wild type" are black. There are even "Piebald axolotl", which comes in more than one color, known as the "harlequin".
Diet for Axolotl :
Axolotls are carnivores sea animals, they require everyday a meat-based diet. Their teeth come into their own when they are trying to grip something slippery like an earthworm or white worm. They can eat live or dead food. Earthworms are a good source of food for adult axolotls, but make sure to get earthworms from a good source that does not use chemicals in them. One thing you should always keep in mind while feeding axolotls is that they always need high quality foods with very low-fat contents.
Breeding of Axolotl :
They can reach to their sexual maturity anywhere between six months to several years, depending on the frequency rate and quality of food you provide and the water temperature and conditions in which they are kept..
They are not at all demanding, but they deserve tender caring just like any other of your favorite animal. Wish you a very good luck with your aquarium and Axolotl.