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Nov 26 2012

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: That’s a lotl axolotl

(via NatGeo)

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  1. 1
    Dhorvath, OM

    I wanna breath like that.

  2. 2
    ibyea

    That creature has like the best smiley face ever.

  3. 3
    DLC

    All hail hypno-axolotl !

  4. 4
    chigau (違う)

    I am reminded of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
    How big is that thing?

  5. 5
    lilandra

    We have one for a pet that glows under ultraviolet radiation. They are an awesome low maintenance pet. They are also studied because they can regenerate limbs. Maybe it has something to do with neoteny?

  6. 6
    F [is for failure to emerge]

    How much is it? </peanut gallery>

  7. 7
    caseyboucher

    Axolotls are cute.

    That said, if memory serves, didn’t you use this same picture for a Monday metazoan a couple years ago (maybe more recently than that)?

  8. 8
    Naked Bunny with a Whip

    My wife loves all them Pokemons.

  9. 9
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Great photo, neat animal. Cheers.

  10. 10
    tanyahiggins

    We have two axolotls, one leucistic and one “wild”, both GFP modified (they glow under blue LED). Great pets if you can keep the water cool enough for them and are willing to do some research.

  11. 11
    Worldtraveller

    Bait!

    ibyea@2:

    That creature has like the best smiley face ever.

    It is cute, but there’s a lungfish that has what I think is an even better smiley face, in a dorky hyuk hyuk kinda way. Lemme see if I can find an image….

    Here ya go, for comparison:
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2285/3543115124_3b30c5fe18.jpg?v=1242665206

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    piero

    I recommend the short story “Axolotl” by the Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar. It contains not only a masterly description of the animal, but uses it as a wonderful metaphor for the human condition. Oh, and by the way, Mexicans call it “ajolote”, with the “j” as the “ch” in “Loch Ness”.

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