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OhNoEh

They can actually be forced to undergo metamorphosis using hormones, I just learnt this the other day and thought it was fascinating.


Shadowkiller215

The transformation is also very dangerous and many axolotls that undergo this die in the process. Those who successfully transform also live statistically shorter life spans than their aquatic counterparts. This is also why the few rare natural transformations recorded were usually in cases where water conditions were practically unsustainable


Tatsuhan

Still gotta tip the hat to them it's one hell of a party trick, conditions get bad enough to kill them and at the cost of a shorter life live on in their 'adult' form... When everything else dies it just up and takes to the land. It really just hammers home how reality is often so much crazier than fiction, frogs are another good one with one species that can freeze, one who has its young erupt from its back and another that can break its own bones to create bone claws.


Shadowkiller215

Very true amphibians are really just something else


chapstick__

It's a shame that climate change means we won't have amphibians much longer


Shadowkiller215

Ya it’s a real shame amphibians are getting hit as hard as they are. If there is a positive, there are plenty of species (axolotls included) that do remarkably well in captivity so maybe there’s still some hope


No_Struggle_

>It really just hammers home how reality is often so much crazier than fiction I recommend you read more interesting fiction.


ilikeitwhenyoucall

Nah. Game of thrones has nothing on real life intrigue and skullduggery.


No_Struggle_

Bollocks. Game of thrones literally has zombies and dragons and its hardly the most interesting of fiction.


ilikeitwhenyoucall

Game of thrones might not be the best fiction my point still stands. Maybe not as much in the modern day but definitely in the past.


No_Struggle_

Your point was invalidated by dragons and zombies at the first hurdle, with far more interesting fiction waiting.


Glasnerven

> They can actually be forced to undergo metamorphosis using hormones A bottle of salamander goo, you say?


Daniel_The_Thinker

Let's be clear that axolotls are their own species that just happens to have a trait where they don't undergo metamorphisis. A juvenile or stunted salamander is not an axolotl.


dawaxtadpole

They don’t mind being in water buckets either.


I_might_be_weasel

How do they reproduce?


Schnitzelwastaken

like all other animals, they still enter the mental adult era, they just keep visuals and some functions but still progress the older they get


DUBIOUS_OBLIVION

Environment*


BridgetteBane

There's a Redditor who has morphed axolotls (they morphed naturally which is rare) and they're rather neat. He posts in /r/pics from time to time and can tell you all about them. They're awesome!


Independent_Share381

I had two, years ago. One of them bit the others front leg off, apparently the tank wasn't big enough for the both of them, pun intended. Seeing his little stump grow back into a fully functioning leg over a few months was surreal


Trippingthewire

What pun?


Alaskan_Tsar

“This town ain’t big enough for the both of us”


onometre

That's not a pun


AimlessWarrior715

So, basically, water puppies


ThatEtol

This informational video explains the process thoroughly and succinctly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxA0QVGVEJw


winteronthewater

Environment will be the new, correct term.


United_Bag_8179

And easy to find in the Yellow Pages...