Axolotls - the Mexican Jewel
The Axolotl (Ambystoma Mexicanum) is a completely aquatic salamander indigenous to Mexico. Any comments or fun facts, everyone?I own a pet one at home, so care tips for new owners can be put here!!I heard one Mexican say it like (Wha-ka-lot-le), Can anyone help me learn more about their HISTORY in Spanish, or what maybe they say it like? My Spanish teacher said that the lotl part means it is from a native tribe...Thanks! - Pugs
Huh! I used to have one of those years ago! :)
Here is something about them that is language related:
The name "Axolotl" comes from the Aztec language, "Nahuatl". One of the most popular translations of the name connects the Axolotl to the god of deformations and death, Xolotl, while the most commonly accepted translation is "water-dog" (from "atl" for water, and "xolotl", which can also mean dog).
You can read more here, or do your own search on the term "Axolotl". http://www.axolotl.org/
...He was cool and lived in a fish tank along with various other little swimmers I had the pleasure of knowing. ;)
I am from MExico and to be honest I've never seen anyone in whole my life... But I think they are in danger of extinction. They are part of the mythology Aztec, and "Axolotls" means "Atl" = water and "Xolotl" = monster ... so the definition could be Aquatic Monster (I found this in Wikipedia)
Yes, I read on that page that they are in danger of extinction. I wonder about this though because they had them in the pet stores in California and they were not so expensive, but this has been a long time now. That's a real shame if they are facing extinction though because they look incredible and are so fun to observe. I remember watching the lil guy floating suspended in the water and then paddling his little feet. It was so cool to watch the various aquatic animals do their thing. :)
The Aztec (or Nahuatl) name is Axolotl. The Spanish name is Ajolote. This tiny animal has regenerative abilities (he can regenerate its lost limbs). The Axolotl is a salamander but retain gills and his aquatic form into adulthood.
It seems that axolotl was a delicious delicacy. Friar Bernardino de Sahagun, in 1590, wrote:
"There are some little animals in the water that are called axolótl, that have a tail like a lizard, and have the tail like an eel, and the body also; they have a very wide mouth and beards in the neck. It is very good to eat; it is a food of lords"
[img]http://upload-2.dogzer.net/image/3-3130738-dog-breeder-pugspie101.jpg?1396403930[/img] That's my Lemonade! Yes, however, axolotls are used in labs for research, they are also prized as pets.