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Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)

Axolotl by Stock-Heil

Status/Population (2013): Critically Endangered/Extinct in the Wild Recent wild population surveys yielded zero specimens
Threats: Habitat degradation and disease caused by pollution; human consumption; predation by and competition with invasive species; medicinal purposes



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WolfofEnder Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yes
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Falconicide Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh gosh you make a lovely lot of endangered animals stamps! The Axolotl is another favourite of mine, and this stamp definitely highlights just how adorably cute they are despite being rather slimy. It's very sad these slimy cuties are going extinct in the wild, especially as I used to have a pet one that I loved rather dearly :c
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Slimy, pfffft. I prefer the term "cutie." :'D
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lemurkat Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find it amazing that two popular pet animals - the axolotl and the chinchilla - are extremely endangered in the wild.
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:iconcynpai:
Cynpai Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The pet trade is good for something, though. We'll have genetically diverse animals to return to the wild when the habitat is suitable! :dummy:
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FrostyWaters Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Wonder if we can start breeding them in a new location in the USA to get them back in the wild.
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:iconcynpai:
Cynpai Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Conservation action is focusing on raising the profile of Lake Xochimilco through conservation education and a nature tourism initiative, coupled with work on habitat restoration and bioremediation. A species action plan has been drafted. There are several captive colonies around the world, since the species is used in physiological and biomedical research, as well as in the pet trade, but the re-introduction of captive-bred axolotls is not recommended until threats can be mitigated, and disease and genetic risks to the wild populations assessed." (SOURCE: IUCN)
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:iconfrostywaters:
FrostyWaters Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Hmm, so sounds like it'll be a while before they can be reintroduced back into the wild.
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xXSepty-ChanXx Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes !
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QueenAphie Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Next semester I'll be doing various research with axolotl with a professor at my university. There are several different projects, from sequencing their massive genome (10x larger than a humans), conservative efforts, studying the gene that effects the regeneration of limbs, and more. It's cool stuff. (:
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That sounds cool! c:
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MaraTheCombinadetCat Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sadly it is very true.
I live in Mexico and the only place here in Mexico were they can be found is the Xochimilco lake, I went there last year, It was REALLY disappointing and sad to see the once pristine and clean water now a greenish and dirty water, trash littered both the lake and the shores...the folks who live near the lake say it's just the mud...but I don't think so...not with all the dead fish littering the shores...I really hope there's hope for this animal, since it's after all one of my favorites...
Also sorry if there's any misspelling I'm mexican.
And can I use this stamp?
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:iconcynpai:
Cynpai Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing. Yes, you can use this stamp on your page. No need to ask. c:
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:icondeideiblueeyez:
deideiblueeyez Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Noooooo! They're so cute!! They need to be saved. They need to be D:
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Sushirolled Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dr. Shrunk? xD
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:iconxcheesey:
xCheesey Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh jeez, I was thinking the same thing just now xD 
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:iconsushirolled:
Sushirolled Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Next thing you know, that Axolotl will start telling bad jokes. xD
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:iconxcheesey:
xCheesey Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
At least you learn how to do everyday simple tasks from the bad jokes xD 
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:iconsushirolled:
Sushirolled Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah!
Like sneezing! xD
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:iconxcheesey:
xCheesey Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I FORGOT HOW TO SNEEZE! QUICK, TELL ME A JOKE! xD
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Sushirolled Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Agh! xD
Umm.... Why did the computer sneeze? Because it caught a virus! O w O

Oh god that was horrible--- how does Shrunk even do this?! xD
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xCheesey Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
badumtsssss
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8-bitCoffee Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Save the mudkeepz! :iconmudkipplz:
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:iconinspirational-tavros:
Inspirational-Tavros Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
t hEY"RE GOING EXTINCT?!


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:iconcynpai:
Cynpai Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunately, yes. Captive populations may be able to save them, though.
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Inspirational-Tavros Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank goodness.  I love those little guys!
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Ziblink Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
And so it is a popular(ish) pet possibly doesn't exist wild anymore. We're at the point that something may live only because we like to keep it in tanks.

Pet condors anyone?
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While the pet trade used to be considered a threat, most Axolotl in the pet trade now were likely born into it. As you said, what was bad before, may actually end up saving them. And it's for this exact reason that I support exotic animal ownership.
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Ziblink Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Within limits of course, we ahve far too many endangered creatures in our little land that are hot property overseas.
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Moonstone27 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014   General Artist
I didn't know they were endangered:o... so many animals in threat:(
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dinosapien Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
YES YES YES I LOVE THESE LITTLE SHITS WHY DOES NO ONE CARE
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It might not be that they don't care. I'd never even heard of this animal until maybe two years ago, so I would more chalk it up to just not knowing that they exist.
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dinosapien Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Yeah, that's a good point, too.
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slowusaurus Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student General Artist
>Status: Critically endangered, possibly extinct in the wild (2013)
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possibly extinct in the wild (2013)
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extinct in the wild
>extinct

I think I just died a little...
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wikipedia lists them as extinct in the wild due to the recent field survey returning zero specimens, but IUCN has to re-evaluate them themselves to determine that for their own classification. Four months were spent searching for any signs of Axolotl, and none were found, which certainly won't bode well come re-evaluation time.
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NeonMonsterBytes Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Filmographer
Poor things, they're really cute too ;n;
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ArkaDark Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel really bad about this species being almost extincted U_U
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