Native to Lake Xochimilco, its canal systems, and a few neighboring waterways of Mexico City, the axolotl is a neotenic amphibian species closely related to the tiger salamander. This Basic Information Sheet reviews natural history, conservation status, and taxonomy, as well as a number of clinically relevant topics including diet, housing, behavior, restraint, and important medical conditions seen in the axolotl. Login to view references.
This client education handout reviews basic care of the axolotl. Topics covered in detail include housing, such as habitat, water quality, filtration, and lighting, as well as well as diet and common health problems.
Dr. Susan Horton owns Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital, which she established in 2000. Dr. Horton is also a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network, particularly for the amphibian and reptile board. Sue is a Past-President of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians and an Editor for the Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Horton has presented both nationally and internationally on exotic animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Horton has also been published in the Veterinary Clinics of North America, the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, the Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery, and Invertebrate Biology.