Amazing inhabitant of large and small aquariums, which has a high rating of popular sales in pet stores, the larva of ammistoma, the native of reservoirs of North America is the axolotl. More common is white or black axolotl – the descendants of tiger ambalistoma.
The ambystoma itself, a lover of raw and dimly littoral places, leads a purely land-based lifestyle, but its larva is aquatic.
Externally, the axolotl looks like a fish with frog webbed feet, four-fingered fore and five-fingered back. The crest on the back, the transverse grooves on the body, and a large, wide wavy tail fin make the animal’s appearance resemble an ancient fossil amphibian.
Axolotl feeds on live food (small fish, worms, bloodworm) and, in extreme cases, lean meat (raw or boiled), cut into thin narrow strips. The larva of an ambistomy likes to eat at night. Before the meal, there is always an element of hunting with anxious waiting in ambush, swift throwing and swallowing the victim.
Staring at its black eyes, the axolotl likes to make sure that the moving food is alive and only then absorbs it with lightning speed.
The American wonder swims not only with the help of the tail and paws, but, having picked up the air, slowly floats to the surface of the domestic reservoir, and on the exhalation it mysteriously descends. She sleeps soundly during the day, at which time you can even stroke her.
Axolotl is well accustomed to swim for food when knocking on the glass wall of the aquarium or lighting the light while doing so.
Axolotl caviar is also large compared to aquarium fish eggs. From above it is white, and from the bottom it is black, so that the fry are poorly visible. This color allows them to protect themselves from those who like to feast on alien caviar.
Through the almost transparent film of the egg you can trace the entire development cycle of the axolotl fry. Having matured, the fry breaks through the shell and hides in the secluded places of the aquarium.
At first, babies have front paws, then hind ones, then they change their color, gray with specks, and become similar to their parents. There are also axolotl albino with a pink tail and red curly gills.
In an aquarium, axolotls behave playfully, float and dive, hide among thickets and water scenery. And playing enough, before going to sleep, they yawn so relishfully and infectiously.
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