What is an axolotl?

So what in the world is an Axolotl!? 

An axolotl is a type of neotenic salamander, and that means they do not  morph into terrestrial salamanders! In certain instances they have morphed but it is uncommon. 

The Axolotls we see today in the pet trade are not full blooded mexican salamanders, they have been crossed (many many generations ago) with the Tiger salamander. 

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