Friday, October 15, 2021

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3 comments:

Kolo Jezdec said...

My daughter has one of these creatures, named it Rigatoni. They can be entertaining. It is an axolotls. Can be found in laboratories all over the world, but they are native to only one relatively tiny region, the water around Mexico City. The wild non-lab population is in danger of becoming extinct, for the usual reasons.

They have the ability to regrow severed limbs. Axolotls are salamanders, so regrowing a tail is not all that remarkable, but axolotls can regenerate legs, or parts of legs.

My daughter feeds Rigatoni these little tiny worms, the size of an eyebrow lash. Many of the worms manage to escape becoming a meal and hide in and under the various items in the aquarium. The water in the aquarium must be kept below 68 degrees.

More information: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/biologys-beloved-amphibian-the-axolotl-is-racing-toward-extinction1/

Miss Cellania said...

Thanks for that info, Kolo!

WilliamRocket said...

Axolotl, Mexican Walking fish we called them.
They were a common pet when I was a teenager, a million years ago.
I had some darker coloured ones too.

Because of them I started making aquariums, which became my first business at age 15.
Probably couldn't lift those sheets of glass now.

Shame they are threatened, maybe this latest plague will address the imbalance of the all consuming humans versus the animals.

Now there's a notion that you don't hear much about.