Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Creature Feature #8: Ajolote
Not to be confused with the axolotl, which is sometimes given the same name, the ajolote is a type of lizard, an amphisbaenian, and is also called the "Mole Lizard". It is one of the only species of vetebrates to only have the front set of limbs, and one of the few amphisbaenian to have limbs at all. It spends its days delving deep into the earth, and is an opportunistic carnivore - which means it eats anything meaty that it can catch. At night or after long wet spells, it will sometimes come above the ground.