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The axolotl is an amphibian, not a lizard or a reptile. It lives in the water and, contrary to popular belief, only very very rarely mutates into a salamander (this characteristic is called neoteny). They come in many colours and can grow up to a foot long in some cases. The name "axolotl" comes from the Aztec language Nahuatl. One of the most popular translations of the name connects the axolotl to the god of deformations and death, Xolotl. Amazingly, it is actually on the endangered species list.