This beautiful species is often found in bird nests in the wild. Its color and pattern resemble that of fireflies, which are toxic to many predators (the roach, however, is not poisonous). Fittingly, this species’s scientific name means “having the form of a glowworm (firefly).”
Axolotls are large salamanders that come from the remnants of lakes Xochimilco and Chalco in Mexico City, Mexico. Axolotls live their entire lives in water, never emerging onto land. Axolotl care requirements are minimal and provided temperature and water flow are well controlled, they are hardy, easy-to-care-for captives that breed readily in captivity.