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Transcript of The Axolotl
Since the axolotl lives in the water, its sweat and waste contents go into the water, eventually evaporate and join the water cycle.
Humans have heavily impacted the axolotl's population through many ways,making them nearly extinct in the wild.
The axolotl is native to lakes, ponds and other river systems found in Mexico.
The axolotl is a second level consumer whose diet consists of bugs, mollusks, zooplankton, and aquatic worms.
The axolotl is a small aquatic salamander which is found in Mexico. It is an endangered species!
Wild axolotls generally live in tropical temperatures, which range from 16 to 20 degrees Celsius.
One of the behavioral adaptations the axolotl posses are their chemical cues.
The axolotl is also known as the Mexican Axolotl.
The axolotl's scientific name is Ambystoma mexicanum.
In the wild, the axolotl lives in fresh- and deep-watered lakes which are densely vegetated.
In order for axolotls to reproduce, they need plants to lay their eggs on.
Axolotls live in humid climates, where the precipitation's annual mean is 700mm to 4,000mm.
Predators of the axolotl are the larger fish that live in their ecosystem.
These chemical cues allow the axolotl to scan its surroundings and detect its prey, allowing it to hunt and eat.
Another behavioral adaptation that the axolotl has grown is the ability to regenerate limbs.
Pollution, human consumption, habitat loss and new predators have all contributed to the decrease in population.
Axolotls are also caught and kept as pets, decreasing their wild population.
We can help the axolotls' wild population grow by reducing
pollution and building man-made canals for them to live in.
We can also let people know that the axolotl is an endangered species.
There is a mutual relationship because the owner and the pet both benefit. The owner benefits because it gets a funny entertaining pet. The axolotl benefits because it doesn't have any predators to hide from, and gets its food given to them from the owner.
Although the axolotl will never mate or hunt for itself, it still gets cared for by a loving owner in a safe enviroment.
How Can We Help the Axolotl?
And the carbon cycle...
The axolotl contributes to the carbon cycle by exhaling carbon dioxide, and inhaling oxygen.
Two examples are tilapia and carp.
The discarded carbon is absorbed by nearby plants which produce more oxygen for the axolotl to breathe.
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The axolotl has also been domesticated and can be found in home aquariums.
As a pet, the axolotl has a mutual relationship between itself and the owner.