The Mexican Walking Fish (Axolotl)

The Mexican Walking Fish (Axolotl)

Lorenzo G., Staff Writer

Axolotls are really one of the weirdest animals on earth. I don’t know why, how they were created, or who thought of them.

The Axolotl can only be found in Lake Xochimilco and Lake Chalco in central Mexico, but more and more people are falling in love with their pretty (?) “faces”. Or snouts, should I say.

This turns out to be really good for these lizard-like fishes, for they are critically endangered. There are only 25 per square mile left in Lake Xochimilco. This is because Mexico City has been pumping waste into the lake, creating a habitat for other species, such as the African carp, that love to eat Axolotl.

The Axolotl usually eat small prey such as worms, insects, and smaller fish. Axolotls locate food by smell, and will swim very fast towards any potential meal, sucking the food into their stomachs with vacuum force.