We get a lot of requests to feature friends pets on Zooillogix. Some people just don’t seem to get the fact that their golden retriever does not belong on a site devoted to bizarre zoology (you know who you are Mike Tippet of 2 Third St., Farfield, CT). However, Jennifer’s axolotl, Big Ben, is a welcome guest.
Axolotl’s are Mexican neotenic mole salamanders, which fail to go through metamorphosis as larvae and therefore retain their gills and aquatic nature. The axolotl was native to Lake Xochimilco and Lake Chalco in central Mexico, the latter of which no longer exists. However, lucky (?) for the axolotl, the critters are prized for their regenerative abilities and are frequently used for lab research. May we all be so lucky…
Big Ben at play (rest? hungry? sad?). His beedy eyes are quite emotive I think.
Big Ben in awful mood
Big Ben in good mood
Big Ben in reflective mood