About the Axolotl

The Axolotl

Called the Mexican walking fish or the Mexican salamander, this gilled amphibian is native to two high altitude lakes once located in present day Mexico City, Lake Xochimilco and Lake Chalco. Its natural habitat all but gone, the axolotl is now propagated almost exclusively in scientific environments where its incredible capabilities have become the focus of important research on regenerative biology.

What’s so special about the axolotl? Axolotls exhibit remarkable regenerative capabilities. After amputation, the axolotl can regenerate its limb, spinal cord, and portions of the brain and heart. Researchers believe that studying the axolotl may ultimately translate into understanding and even enhancing the regenerative capabilities of humans and other mammals.