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Urban Amphibians – Endangered Axolotl Population Found in Mexico City Park

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As a herpetologist and New York City native, I’m thrilled by the prospect of finding wildlife, endangered or otherwise, within big cities.  I was, therefore, very happy to read about the recent discovery of a population of critically endangered salamanders (Mexican Axolotls, Ambystoma mexicanum) in the heart of one of…

Amphibian Update: Mexican Axolotls Kick off the Spring Breeding Season

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: April 13, 2009

Lengthening days and warmer temperatures are beginning to register on amphibian pets nationwide, stirring long-dormant breeding urges.  Last week I was please to find that a 2 year old female axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) which I paired with an older male had produced eggs for the first time.  A week or…

Breeding Mexican Axolotls – Ambystoma mexicanum

Relevance: 91%      Posted on: February 13, 2009

  Please see The Natural History of Axolotls and The Captive Care of Axolotls for further information on this fascinating captives.  Today I'll finish up with a note on reproduction. Inducing Reproduction Adult axolotls are sexually dimorphic, with females being of a heavier build and having shorter and broader heads than…

Conservation Update: Endangered Anderson’s Salamanders Bred by US Hobbyists

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One of the world’s rarest amphibians is being bred by dedicated hobbyists and is now available in the US pet trade. Anderson’s salamander, Ambystoma andersoni, which was only formally described in 1984, is limited in range to a single high altitude (6,000+ feet above sea level) lake and stream in…

Captive Care of the Mexican Axolotl Ambystoma mexicanum – Part 1

Relevance: 84%      Posted on: January 23, 2009

Please see Natural History of the Axolotl for information on axolotls in their natural habitat. I highly recommend the Mexican axolotl as an aquarium animal for both beginning and advanced hobbyists, and include them whenever possible in the zoo exhibits that I design.  Assuming that attention is paid to temperature and water…

Captive Care of the Mexican Axolotl Ambystoma mexicanum – Part 2

Relevance: 78%      Posted on: January 26, 2009

Check out: Captive Care of the Mexican Axolotl Ambystoma mexicanum - Part 1, for the first part of this article. Feeding Repto-min, trout chow or salmon chow serves well as a mainstay; alternate this with Hikari Massivore Delight or a pelleted cichlid food, freeze dried prawn, live blackworms, earthworms, minnows,…

Salamanders and Cell Regeneration – How Do They Regrow Limbs?

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As anyone who has attempted to lift one by its tail knows, salamanders and newts can discard these body parts with no ill effect.  In time, we learned that they can regenerate not only tails, but also heart, brain and spinal cord tissue…parts of any organ, it turns out, can…

Incubating Reptile Eggs – A Simple Method of Monitoring Moisture Content

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The moisture content of the substrate upon which reptile eggs are incubated is a critical factor in hatching success. While certain hardy species fare well under the much-promoted technique of "squeezing water from the substrate until it barely sticks together", many eggs require closer attention to detail. Equipment Needed I…

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