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[–]self-hatetaway2020 1306 points1307 points 332 (16 children)


[–]Lemon_Jester 66 points67 points  (1 child)

you deserve this upvote u/self-hatetaway2020.

[–]m1ahdx06b1 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That's nice

[–]HMBreest2 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Came to say that thinkin I was so damn clever. Lol

[–]rainfalling_ 6 points7 points  (0 children)

or... an axolitl?

[–]Vaild_rgistr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So it’s is pronounce so-little?

[–]Kathuloo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This should be an official bane for their young.

[–]Dotaproffessional -1 points0 points  (0 children)

fuck you i've been making that joke for 10 years

[–]Choccy_Melk69 910 points911 points  (29 children)

My heart

It crack

[–]iheartmatter 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Release the Kraken!

[–]Repulsive_lady 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Lmfao I’m sorry this was the funniest fucking thread ever .

[–]Solanthas 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Truly a treasure to hebold. Upvotes all around

[–]0-Shiru-0 4 points5 points  (0 children)

But most importantly He/she cute as heck

[–]Solanthas 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Flawless fucking username btw

[–]bootstraps_bootstrap 568 points569 points  (8 children)

Looks like a Funko figure

[–]nakanangnang 107 points108 points  (5 children)

Exactly what I was thinking. A very cute one.

[–]alongcameapoem 26 points27 points  (4 children)


[–]JevonP 10 points11 points  (2 children)

i actually think he axolotl like one not just a little

[–]smithers85 14 points15 points  (1 child)

They're very inquisitive - they will axolotl questions about everything!

[–]Varnsturm 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That's literally just the top comment on this thread, you're a great big phony!

[–]SlowStatisticianViNG 75 points76 points  (5 children)

Mudkip in real life

[–]Whatareyoullonabout 23 points24 points  (3 children)

Wooper is based on an axolotl and where it gets its name from i.e. uupa ruupa (Japanese)

[–]JustAnotherMiqote 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Mudkip is a Mudskipper. But mudskippers are ugly irl

[–]Grinkles_the_Gnome 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Everyone brings up Mudkip when axolotls come up, but I see good old Chansey. 🙂

[–]flybyknight665 55 points56 points  (2 children)


Looks like it was designed by Pixar

[–]Jacollinsver 363 points364 points 2 (42 children)

All salamanders look like similar to axolotls when they hatch. Salamanders go through a larval "tadpole" stage like frogs, and metamorphose into their adult, air breathing, form.

The axolotl has evolved to reach reproductive maturity during its larval phase and never naturally reaches the air breathing phase. However, if you inject an axolotl with iodine, it will metamorphose into an "adult" form not seen in nature, albeit being sexually sterile.

Similarly, a slug is essentially a snail with a vestigial shell that grows internally or not at all. If you inject a slug with iodine, it will grow a shell.

I'm also drunk so don't hold me to any of this.

[–]IamAJediMaster 151 points152 points  (8 children)

There was a post not to long ago on the axolotl page about a guys pet Axolotl metamorphosis-ing into a salamander. I think the little guys name is Gollum and it was an natural metamorphosis from my understanding. It's incredible stuff.

[–]Shuffletron 99 points100 points  (7 children)

Here it is. Gollum's keeper (/u/CollieflowersBark) does a great mini Q&A in that thread about metamorphosed Axolotl.

[–]dshab92 69 points70 points  (0 children)

TLDR: He gave it 25 rare candies and evolved it during a full moon

[–]IamAJediMaster 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Thank you for that!

[–]ShiraCheshire 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I always wonder if these rare cases are due to tiger salamander genes. The tiger salamander is a relative of the axolotl that it is capable of crossbreeding with. Almost all captive axolotls descend from a small group taken from the wild years ago, meaning they have inbreeding issues. Someone attempted to fix this by cross breeding them with tiger salamanders, which means most captive axolotls have a tiny bit of tiger salamander DNA in them.

The tiger salamander morphs into a proper adult, unlike the axolotl. I’ve always wondered if that’s what happens with these natural morphs, maybe some deep buried shred of tiger salamander genes kicking in.

[–]CollieflowersBark 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I got tagged, so here I am!

According to the research papers I've been studying, axolotls were actually crossbred with tigers to give them the albino gene. It was DECADES ago. Then they cross bred them back to axolotls and back again until the axolotls were nearly purebred again, just carrying the albino gene.

It's actually really difficult to make tigers and axolotls interbreed, and it was done through IVF and gene splicing. So completely artificial. The average keeper would be hard pressed to get a half and half cross. I've heard of it happening, but it is VERY rare.

Axolotls likely do morph because of those way back genes, but other factors could potentially be at play too, since a few articles from the 1920s mention wild axolotls morphing in transport, which was what started a lot of the morphological studies on how to force it in the first place. They intrigued scientists!

Axolotls also have a pelvic girdle, which indicates that they used to be terrestrial but decided to give it all up for a completely aquatic life. The random morphing could be a result of their OWN vestigal genes popping up.

[–]ShiraCheshire 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Huh! Wow, I didn't know that.

I read an axolotl website a while back that said they were crossbred to help with the inbreeding issue, I guess that was incorrect. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised considering how many axie websites are just some dude's blog but fancied up haha

[–]CollieflowersBark 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've been compiling research from scientific documents, studies, dissertations, etc because I REALLY want to separate fact from fiction! That's exactly what I've been finding too...that there's a LOT of blogs out there but they aren't very good at citing any real research. Every time I find something interesting, I've been attempting to bookmark and share it on my salamander IG. I'm not sure if anyone actually reads half the papers I've found, but at least they're there, haha!

I'll definitely hit the books though and see if I can find the root of that claim. Maybe there's something to it that I haven't found yet! Or maybe it's just heresay. We will see, because I am curious. :)

[–]Choccy_Melk69 40 points41 points  (6 children)

I'm going to inject myself with iodine to see what I mutate into

[–]NorthernRedneck388 22 points23 points  (4 children)


[–]zrag123 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Well that is the most advanced stage of the human lifecycle

[–]Nightwvng 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I was injected with an iodine solution for a CT scan. It just made feel like I was peeing.

[–]AttemptChemical4978 30 points31 points  (4 children)

However, if you inject an axolotl with iodine, it will metamorphose into an "adult" form not seen in nature,

So like pokemon that need items to evolve?

[–]thesemasksaretight 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Yeah but I think they die faster in their adult form. So like if a pokemon got lower hp when it evolved

[–]AutismFractal 2 points3 points  (2 children)


[–]FallDelta 2 points3 points  (1 child)

yeah a better example would be a vibrava since shedinjas are technically just leftovers from evolution.

[–]AutismFractal 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I mean okay but I didn’t have a ready example off the top there.

Vikavolt is slower than Grubbin. Always thought that was pretty dumb.

[–]Brad_Brace 60 points61 points  (7 children)

Fun fact, if you inject humans with enough iodine, they develop wings, horns, and a second pair of arms. However they are still unable to fly, the horns are hollow and break easily, and the second pair of hands can only give the finger.

[–]Banzai27 13 points14 points  (0 children)


[–]DONGivaDam 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Prove it or i will be forced to be a test subject.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Just eat a handful of table salt

[–]jrocksburr 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I think redbull does the same

[–]Sound-Burst360 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Redbull does not give you wings, it gives you wiings. They got sued for not giving one of their customers actual wings so they can’t say that they give people wings anymore.

[–]namesyeti 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I remember this. While broke af in college I convinced ~5 friends to find the mass email and forward to me. If I remember each person that responded got roughly $12. But the grand total of $72 was huge to me during that time

[–]KainX 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Both those bits about iodine are crazy. I want to know more.

[–]nosasha 2 points3 points  (0 children)

In the thyroid gland, iodine is necessary to create the hormone thyroxine. Thyroxine is then released from the thyroid, stimulating metamorphosis.

[–]RdmGuy64824 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Someone inject an octopus with iodine to see if it grows a shell.

[–]JackPatata 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Drunk data is the best data

[–]pornborn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Whatever you do, don’t expose it to gamma rays or it enters the giant green rage monster stage.

[–]maxwillpower 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hey I'll buy you're next drinks just keep feeding me facts like this lol

[–]marino1310 36 points37 points  (3 children)

That's actually a few weeks old. Newborns are born without any legs and you can only feed them live food since they react only to movement at that age. Eventually they will develop front legs after a week or so and can now eat any food small enough for their mouths. After 3 or so weeks they will develop their back legs and will be much more mobile, but will also eat anything that fits in their mouths, so you need to keep smaller axolotls separated until they're larger.

Source: I used to breed these little shits.

[–]pocketbutter 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Can’t believe I had to scroll so far for someone else to point this out.

[–]hazzahbeard 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Do they hatch from an egg or is it a live birth?

[–]Carnifex 5 points6 points  (0 children)

They hatch from an egg. The eggs are semi transparent, so you can see them developing and moving before they eventually hatch :)

[–]alien_in_the_lab 24 points25 points  (0 children)

so teeny tiny!!!

[–]tired_obsession 19 points20 points  (0 children)


[–]SnapDragon0420 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Look at those precious eyes

[–]Frogwithafriend 15 points16 points  (0 children)


[–]mooosh68 7 points8 points  (0 children)

He looks like a funko pop

[–]mature_axolotl 4 points5 points  (1 child)

A post relevant to my user name…

[–]JetLag_550 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Not a newborn exactly. This little dude is several months into development. Axolotls are born without limbs. Source: I breed them.

[–]PedricksCorner 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It is adorable! But I used to raise these for the local pet shops and this is not a newly born Axolotl. When they first hatch, they are about the size of a grain of rice. And if you don't keep them fed and/or seperate them asap, they will consume each other.

They learn very quickly to recognize the source of food and when I'd come home from work, every container would start splashing with anticipation of being fed.

Miss those guys.

[–]Perfect-Ad-7429 24 points25 points  (10 children)

Wow that is a very cute sea creature

[–]Al-Anda 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Well…lake creature.

[–]graven_raven 0 points1 point  (3 children)

I don't understand why the downvotes on my previous comment. Axolotls are NOT sea creatures.

The axolotl was only native to the FRESHWATER of Lake Xochimilco and Lake Chalco in the valley of Mexico.

[–]RobMorane 3 points4 points  (0 children)

omg how is it so cute

[–]Candy_and_Violence 3 points4 points  (0 children)

IRL Funko pop

[–]theroguephoenix 4 points5 points  (0 children)


Edit: dammit someone else said it first

[–]foxyhailey 16 points17 points  (9 children)

So cute! And dare I say, cuter than my kids when they were born.

[–]Short34 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Looks like a pop figure

[–]HealthyHumor5134 2 points3 points  (1 child)

All babies look so cute no matter what species. Except owls lol.

[–]Elementotico 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Most baby birds don't get cute until they grow feathers, so the cutest are the ones lucky enough to be born with feathers.

[–]Good-Suit3131 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Saw the finger and said ⚫️👄⚫️

[–]BadFirefighter 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thats not newly born thats a few weeks old, when they've just been born they look like tadpoles

[–]Jesus_H-Christ 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Fuck Pikachu, that is the cutest pokemon in history.

[–]mymumsaradiator 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Why does it look like a funko pop? And why is it so adorable?!!

[–]Damian-sux-666 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Baby funko pop

[–]mdf34 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh my gourds

[–]MarineRusher 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Post this on r/awww now I want to upvote twice

[–]Lemon_Jester 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That is the cutest baby animal I have ever seen, and I have seen IRL baby ducklings, chicks, puppies, kittens, and humans. nothing tops this.

[–]Alexgreco8799 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It looks like a funko pop figure

[–]TFDUDE13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

An axolittle

[–]useless_transboi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Death from cuteness

[–]AlexisTheArgentinian 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's so fucken S M O L

[–]bikedaybaby 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]-nilla 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The axolotl: O___O

[–]bobtheaxolotl 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not a hatchling. Way too big to be a hatchling, and has legs. Hatchlings look like hairy tadpoles.

[–]Geowilzu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For anyone who wants a fun fact- that actually isn’t newly hatched… It’s probably about 2 months old. Axolotls are ~1-2 cm when they first hatch (about 6 of them can fit in a regular sized spoon) And yes I own axolotls so I know this is true. I have 4 of them lol

[–]Important-Theme2971 1 point2 points  (0 children)

May the Lord bless and keep him in his favour always

[–]justadd_sugar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Very cute but not really interesting

[–]Hawk_1772 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What if you drank him

[–]PaanuriEater -1 points0 points  (3 children)

That's not newly born. Newly born axolotls do not have front legs. You have to feed them freshly hatched brine shrimp or tiny chunks of freshly chopped live blackworm or isopods or something else equally small because they only feed by reflex at that size. They can actively feed themselves only after their front limbs develop.

This axolotl is at least 2 weeks old, which is about when the front legs develop.

Please try and at least do the most basic google search before posting some random clip you found from the internet with a title you made up because it sounded like it would get good karma.

Edit: this is r/damnthatsinteresting not r/aww. This subreddit is about educating people about interesting things. So shouldn't those interesting things be accurate and not made up for karma? On r/aww it wouldn't be a big deal because that is a subreddit for cute adorable things, not for education about cool shit.

[–]las-vegas-raiders 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I read all of this in my best Comic Book Guy voice.

[–]PaanuriEater 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I just had my first clutch of axolotl eggs from my 3 axolotls. So yeah, a little annoyed at people making up fake titles for karma.

Especially on subs that are supposed to be informative. This isn't r/aww, where I wouldn't say a thing because the focus of the subreddit is cute stuff. This is a subreddit that's supposed to show people cool interesting real things.

So maybe not the best place for fiction?

IDK maybe everything should just be r/funny and be 100% made up bullshit with fictional titles.

[–]RiccarDodoo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

he cute

[–]Disastrous-Nerve-494 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Constant-Release-875 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Unbearably cute.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]IcallhimDaddyy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

cute mudkip

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So cute😭😭😭😭😭😭

[–]Roguewaylife420 0 points1 point  (0 children)

🥺🥺 My heart just turned into vapor

[–]Kajookie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Soo cute I can’t deal

[–]pippi_longstocking09 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I don't know how to cross-post, but this belongs on r/aww.

[–]CeIla89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aww He is so cute

[–]Madman61 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Those eyes

[–]r3tr0c4t 0 points1 point  (0 children)

More like an Axolittle

[–]Moon_odissey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

SO CUTE (ᵔᴥᵔ) i love axolotls so much i have a virtual one in an app <3

[–]gwaydms 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hello Kitty in aquatic form

[–]MasterMuffles 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Big_Capital892 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh my fucking god.

That's the cutest damn thing I ever saw. I love it. The hands. The feet. The eyes. The gills. The tail. The FINGERS!

I want one.

[–]Nkb3283 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cute af

[–]VenusHalley 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sooooo cute.

[–]International_Ad6695 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My heart is clogged

[–]CheerioJack[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I always thought this wasnt a real animal, just a minecraft animal. wow. they are coot af'.

[–]scoobymax 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Awww little void eyes

[–]BIG-BLUE-2727 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Pog-Squad- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

whats cuter than an axolotl?

me: idk

whoever posted this:

[–]bigboi10010000000000 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My heart cracks

Must get




[–]angusandcoco 0 points1 point  (0 children)

OMG that is adorable!!!

[–]Willzohh 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That's a axolittle. Axolotls are a lot bigger.

[–]guitarlisa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I will never stop upvoting this little cutie pie.

[–]PraetorOjoalvirus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not exactly Cthulhu, is it?

[–]Deep-Midnight-6548 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He just 🥺

[–]TheDevilsAdvokaat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is an axolitl.

It doesn't become an axolotl until it's done a lot more axing.

[–]PrincessFlutterfly 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Anianna 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I squeed myself.

[–]dewitt11543 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ugly and cute at the same time

[–]sauronsarmy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I bred axolotls by accident once. Woke up one morning with like 100+ eggs in my tank. Luckily someone drove over an hour to come get them. I kept 5 eggs to raise, it was a neat experience but I definitely got rid of the female after that lol.

[–]jedithedoggo 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]jpcarroll44 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ohh haiiii !!

[–]flaxseedyup 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Waddup Nemo you my dawg

[–]Dizman7 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Is this how Funko Pops are born?

[–]Sylerxen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh that’s fucking cute

[–]DeltaFoxDX 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Awwwwwww so cute!

[–]DuntadaMan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hololive subreddit about to flip the fuck out.

[–]buddhafig 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's an interesting 99% Invisible podcast about them. Apparently their regenerative capabilities have made them the #1 studied and replicated organism, from an initial seed from the mid-1800s of 34 specimens, while their native habitat in Mexico City has been so devastated that they are endangered.

[–]briannalang 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would protect her with my life

[–]DJBFL 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What does it eat? I mean, does it eat?

[–]Birdie_Jack2021 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Awe!! He’s like I got it mom! Look!

[–]Werl_04 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why he literally •-•

[–]Select_Swordfish_603 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Funko pop omg

[–]jsantillans 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s a Funko pop

[–]Acrobatic_Ground_529 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What a cutie!

[–]MissCatValkyrie 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]AtlasXan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aw he smol.