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Are axolotls smart?

Axolotls can recognize organisms and shapes from a distance, including people coming to feed them.

One study suggests that salamanders can count to at least three.

To learn more:

Uller C, Jaeger R, Guidry G, Martin C. 2003. Salamanders ( Plethodon cinereus) go for more: rudiments of number in an amphibian. Anim Cogn. 6:105-12.

Fun Facts

Why do axolotls retain a juvenile appearance throughout life?

Several salamanders, including the axolotl, retain juvenile characteristics as adults and are called paedomorphic.

The entire axolotl life cycle is spent under water, from birth to mating.

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