Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Name the Axolotls


Pacific Science Center's Life Sciences team is happy to introduce you to our two newest axolotls.



These young animals were donated to us by a very dedicated young man who had raised them from hatchlings, and wanted to share his interest with others. * The taupe colored one is a natural pigmented axolotl. The other one is an albino. The skin color is pale because it lacks pigment. The pink color often visible in the eyes and extremities of albino animals comes from the blood, which can be seen through their skin. You may see some of this axolotl’s internal organs, too!


The new axolotls are much smaller than our three resident animals, so for now we are keeping them separated by a Plexiglas cage divider. They see and smell each other, but the young ones are safe from bullying or fights over food. We will gradually introduce them; most axolotls are able to get along well if they are otherwise well cared for.


Our new axolotls need names. The grownups are called Flopsy, Mopsy and Peter Cotton Gills. We do not need to stick with the Beatrix Potter theme, but would be open to the possibility. We also have not yet sexed these axolotls. Therefore, we need names that are good for male or female animals. What do you think are good names for them? We don't have a prize, but the best names will be used, which is prize enough!

*Pacific Science Center rarely accepts donations of animals. There are a few exceptions. We will always take in stick insects, and when an animal is a good fit for our existing needs, we will occasionally take other animals from carefully selected sources.


8 comments:

  1. How about Johnny Winter and Muddy Waters? Two famous musicians who famously dueted. One of which happens to be an albino and one who has one of the most famous names in music history which could also describe an axolotl habitat.

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  2. I have two axolotls and their names are Fred and Ethel, like off I Love Lucy. Lucy and Ricky would work too!

    lani gabriel

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  3. Bert and Ernie. Not androgynous, but still fun.

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  4. Axolotl Rose & Slash

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  5. ineed a name for my axolotl anny one got one

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  6. We have some called rose and slash too! How about ajolote- its axolotl in Mexican.

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  7. My axolotls (one male one female) are named Kingsley and Lotti. :D

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