Life Cycle of an Axolotl

Let’s dive deeper into the life-cycle of an axolotl. Axolotls go through several stages in their lives!

 Eggs: the life cycle begins with a female Axolotl laying eggs, usually attaching them to plants or other surfaces in the water.

 Larvae: after a few weeks, the eggs hatch into larvae. At this stage, they have external gills for breathing underwater and a tail for swimming. they rely on their yolk sack for nutrition

 Juveniles: as the larvae grow, they develop Limbs and their gills start to recede. They also develop lungs, which allow them to breathe air. however they still prefer to live in water and don’t undergo metamorphosis like other amphibians

 Adult: Once the axolotls reach adulthood they can reproduce. However, they remain in their aquatic form throughout their lives, retaining their gills and staying in water.

Axolotls are unique because they have the ability to regenerate lost body parts, such as limbs or even parts of their heart or spinal cord. Isn’t that amazing?!