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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Oct 16 01:04 AM

Oct 16, 2009: Axolotls

The Axolotl (Ax-oh-lot-ul) are from Mexico. The Aussies call them Mexican Walking Fish, but they aren't fish, they're salamanders, which are amphibians, like frogs and toads.

But who the hell cares about that technical stuff, they're cute (mostly) and edible. They are pretty small, but hot Axolotl soup on a cold rainy day... Mmm Mmm Good.



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SPUCK  Friday Oct 16 06:15 AM

Weird inside-out gills! They don't have to pump water past their gills constantly like fish. But then, I guess their air oh die namics are lagging.



limey  Friday Oct 16 07:43 AM

I bet they'd be good deep fried (lovely crispy external gills)!



sweetwater  Friday Oct 16 09:08 AM

My Xoloitzcuintli ate my Axolotl!
I've been a fan of these critters for many years but never knew that :while the most commonly accepted translation is "water-dog" (from "atl" for water, and "xolotl", which can also mean dog). That ties 2 strong interests together because I am also a fan of the xolo dog.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Oct 16 09:14 AM

They're both Mexican.



birdclaw  Friday Oct 16 10:03 AM

Wow and they come in a wide variety of colors. And as we all know a colorful meal is more appealing.



chrisinhouston  Friday Oct 16 10:20 AM

Damn illegals!



Pie  Friday Oct 16 10:27 AM

Are Mexicans still illegal if... they're still in Mexico?



newtimer  Friday Oct 16 11:02 AM

I hate these things!
Those little gills get caught between my teeth, kind of like celery strings do.



dar512  Friday Oct 16 11:25 AM

I knew I'd run across this word before:

The Axolotl

I've never met an Axolotl
But Harvard has one in a bottle
Perhaps - and at the thought I shiver
The very villain from Fall River
Where Lizze Borden took an axolotl
And gave her mother forty whaxolotl.

-- Ogden Nash (of course)



limey  Friday Oct 16 12:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512 View Post
I knew I'd run across this word before:

The Axolotl

I've never met an Axolotl
But Harvard has one in a bottle
Perhaps - and at the thought I shiver
The very villain from Fall River
Where Lizze Borden took an axolotl
And gave her mother forty whaxolotl.

-- Ogden Nash (of course)
Great!


Shawnee123  Friday Oct 16 02:09 PM

Awesome, dar!

Well those are cute little things, too!



SteveDallas  Friday Oct 16 02:10 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512 View Post
I knew I'd run across this word before
Also see Frank Herbert's Dune series


ZenGum  Friday Oct 16 07:15 PM

Quote:
The Aussies call them Mexican Walking Fish
[scratches head] dunno, I always called them axolotls. It's a bitch to spell, though.

Our high school had some in a tank, cool little critters.


wolf  Friday Oct 16 08:11 PM

I remember the axolotl from a segment in The Outer Space Connection.



Cloud  Saturday Oct 17 12:19 AM

Did you know . . .

Quote:
Mexico is one of the 18 megadiverse countries of the world. With over 200,000 different species, Mexico is home of 10–12% of the world's biodiversity.[67] Mexico ranks first in biodiversity in reptiles with 707 known species, second in mammals with 438 species, fourth in amphibians with 290 species, and fourth in flora, with 26,000 different species.[68] Mexico is also considered the second country in the world in ecosystems and fourth in overall species.[69] Approximately 2,500 species are protected by Mexican legislations.
from WikiP


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Oct 17 01:39 AM

Quote:
Mexico is home of 10–12% of the world's biodiversity.
All on their way to el norte.


richlevy  Saturday Oct 17 01:13 PM

Wow. Too bad I gave away my fishtank.

http://wardsci.com/product.asp?pn=IG...cd2=1255799423

Quote:
Ambystoma mexicanum. Also known as “mole salamanders”, these freshwater aquatic salamanders retain their larval characteristics (gills and existence in an aquatic habitat) even into adulthood, making them ideal subjects for embryological and developmental studies. Their color will vary from albino to brown. Care instructions are included. Average size: 1–4″; but they may grow up to 12″.
Yikes. It sounds like one of those sci-fi movies. You have a fish tank full of these cute little 1 inch critters. Then one night you hear the sound of glass breaking, you open the door and.........



OK,maybe the fictional mutated snakeheads are a bit of a stretch.


SteveDallas  Saturday Oct 17 01:16 PM

Move over, Sea Monkeys!!



Griff  Sunday Oct 18 06:11 PM

We've got hellbenders up North we don't need immigrant salamanders.



Gravdigr  Saturday Oct 24 05:52 AM

I lost my axolotl on 9/11, you insensitive bastards!



dar512  Monday Oct 26 10:50 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
I lost my axolotl on 9/11, you insensitive bastards!
Calm down. Take a deep breath. Try to think where you saw it last and retrace your steps.


Shawnee123  Monday Oct 26 10:58 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512 View Post
Calm down. Take a deep breath. Try to think where you saw it last and retrace your steps.
Or look on the dresser. Men never look there, and everything in the free world ends up on the dresser. :p


dar512  Monday Oct 26 03:18 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
Or look on the dresser. Men never look there, and everything in the free world ends up on the dresser. :p
I found a pair of clean socks there just this morning.


Gravdigr  Tuesday Oct 27 06:42 PM

It was in my other pants...



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