Jul 1, 2007

Growing Trend

Kata sent me this photo. It's an axolotl in a zoo in Korkeasaari. This is a larval salamander native to Mexico. What's unusual about these slippery amphibians is that they often live out their lives without metomorphosing into their adult form. That seems to be a growing trend among humans these days, too.

Thanks for the photo, Kata.

5 comments:

k said...

Axies rule!! I have three of them; one of mine was born with no arms, which is strange, as they're one of the few vertebrates that can actually regenerate lost limbs. (She's a study in irony...)

Their wild-type form is actually more of a brown color; the one you have in the picture there looks like a leucistic... Albinos are very common as well.

Rasmus said...

That's a pretty good analogy (between axolotls and humans). I might just steal it!

Lux said...

"That seems to be a growing trend amoung humans too" hahahahaha!

Nuri said...

Axolotls rule! I had one... his name was Socrates and he was sooo cute and sweet! I cried when he died, and buried him in the garden.

Anonymous said...

Wow that is one emaciated looking axolotl. somebody feed it! Such small gills, somebody check the water quality!