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Joe Fontana's avatar Joe Fontana

Axolotls, also known as "Mexican Walking Fish" are salamander-like creatures native to Lake Xochimilco near Mexico City. Unlike their salamander cousins, they do not undergo metamorphosis, and instead retain their aquatic traits; the most notable of these characteristics being their red gills they use to breathe underwater. In recent years, their habitat has shrunk due to increasing urbanization around Mexico City and has unfortunately pushed them to the edge of extinction. Not only is it critical that we make efforts to more actively preserve and care for these animals, but they may also hold the key to many new medical discoveries through their amazing regenerative abilities. Axolotls are known to be able to fully regrow entire parts of their bodies, including whole limbs, tails, eyes and even non-critical brain structures. Whether for conservational purposes or for medical research, it is paramount that we rescue these amphibious friends to ensure a brighter future for us all.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1"
  • Medium: Framed Print
  • Width: 19"
  • Year created: 2020
  • Height: 19"