The Axolotl, The Mexican Waterdog
Once a staple of the Aztec diet, these days the unusual Axolotl is fast approaching extinction. This is a strange-looking creature; aka the Mexican Waterdog or Walking Fish, this is an amphibian with a difference.
Unlike similar species, the Axolotl does not undergo metamorphosis — instead remaining gilled and aquatic and not taking to the land during adulthood. Like to see one at close quarters? Time is starting to run out.
Numbers are dwindling due to urbanisation, pollution and the prevalence of invasive species, but Axolotl can still be found in Central Mexico’s fresh waters for those determined enough.
Lake Xochimilco is perhaps the best spot for those keen to catch a glimpse, whilst smaller bodies of water outside Mexico City’s overcrowded environs also offer opportunities. They’re not easy to find in the dark and murky waters, but for those divers who do succeed, the effort is well worthwhile.
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