Axolotl

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Axolotl

AxolotlOriginal.jpg

Character Data
Also known as: Mexican salamander
Japanese Name: メキシコサラマンダー
Romanised Name: Mekishikosaramandā
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Ambystoma mexicanum
Distribution: Mexico
Diet: Carnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 10 years
Read More: Axolotl
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 CR.svg.png
Axolotl Anime Nexon Game

Axolotl is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

Axolotl has long white hair that extends past the shoulders and has light pink gradient towards the end. She has black eyes, and has three pink gills coming out of her hair on each side of the head. She has a big white finned tail, resembling the one from her species. She wears a white swimsuit with a transparent dress, with a white bow for the top and a smaller white bow for the bottom of her swimsuit. She has a scrunchie on her right hand, and is wearing white sandals.

In Real Life

Axolotl at Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Axolotls are aquatic salamanders found exclusively around the lake complex of Xochimilco near Mexico City. Axolotls reach lengths on average of 20 cm (9 inches), but can grow to more than 30 cm (12 inches) in length. They exhibit a "neotenous" life, meaning the species never develops into an adult but instead retains its larval characteristics throughout life.

They possess feathery external fern-like gills (usually three stalks on each side of the head) and finned tails for swimming, keeping a permanently aquatic lifestyle. They possess lungs, in addition being able to respire via their external gills and to breathe through their skin. This salamander is known for having a fast regeneration rate which can allow them to regrow limbs and organs. Axolotls are solitary and may be active at any time of the day, they eat molluscs, fishes, and arthropods, as well as conspecifics.

This is a critically endangered species, due to traditional consumption by the local population, introduction of invasive species and the general degradation of the Xochimilco and Chalco lake complex. There are multiple captive colonies in the world, as the species is used in biomedical research, as well as pet trade, but the reintroduction of them is not recommended until the threats can be mitigated.

References

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/1095/0

http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Ambystoma_mexicanum/

http://www.edgeofexistence.org/amphibians/species_info.php?id=552


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