Named for an Aztec God, This Species Is Critically Endangered | National Geographic


This unique salamander in Mexico is now fighting against extinction.
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The axolotl is one of the few animals on earth that can regenerate parts of its body. Native to Mexico, the axolotl is an unusual amphibian that has deep roots in Aztec mythology. According to legend, this “water monster” was a god who disguised himself as a salamander to avoid sacrifice. Nowadays, it is critically endangered in the wild because of the pollution and urban sprawl that threaten its habitat in the Mexican Basin.

Scientists and local people have joined together to save the axolotl from extinction. Through a breeding program, new colonies of axolotls are released into a restricted area where they can thrive under close monitoring. The hope is for this species to repopulate and survive in its natural environment.

Read “Watch How Bizarre ‘Water Monsters’ Get a Second Chance” on National Geographic News.

Learn more about the axolotl.

Named for an Aztec God, This Species Is Critically Endangered | National Geographic

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Date: October 28, 2019

35 thoughts on “Named for an Aztec God, This Species Is Critically Endangered | National Geographic

  1. National Geographic : *Makes a video about Axolotls being indangered.*
    Mostly everyone in the comments : *Talk's about Axolotl being Mudkip, others saying jokes. Me i'm doing these type of comments.*

  2. It’s crazy they’re only found in one part of the world in A handful of Lakes.. they have power to regrout their arms their tails their spines Part of the brain and heart why I haven’t we been away been studying this little things 😍😍😍more

  3. From the beginning of time, when the gods gathered together around the fire, they had to sacrifice themselves in order to yield-for instance to the sun or the moon. In one of those meetings, the gods began to throw themselves into the fire to give life to a new element. But the god Xolotl, Quetzalcoatl's twin brother, refused to sacrifice himself, which angered his brother, who ordered him to be pursued and sacrificed. Xolotl changed shape several times, and finally, when he found Lake Xochimilco, he turned into an "axolotl" and jumped into the water. Quetzalcoatl, his brother, spared his life but sentenced him to live in darkness forever as an axolotl, a water monster.


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