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L'Amblystôme / The Axolotl

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Published on Sep 24, 2009

"The Amblystoma: Curious Salamander From Mexico". Vintage French educational film from 1913 describing the Axolotl. Very impressive footage for the time.

Translation:

"The metamorphosis of the Amblystoma often remains incomplete, in which case it is called the Axolotl, retains its gills and remains aquatic."

"The spawn of these amphibians consists of gelatinous globules, in the heart of each lies an egg."

"First sign of life: the embryo frees itself from the protective mucus."

"Unwebbed feet develop an an age of 3 to 4 months."

"The head is plumed with gills, constantly agitated with the movement of respiration."

"A strange physiognomy whose mouth suggests voracity."

"Movement underwater comes easily."

"An albino variation, captured in a subterranean river."

"These animals feed on live prey, avidly fought over."

"The axolotl only achieves its definitive form if a series of circumstances forces it to live in air. It then loses its gills, breathes with lungs, and acquires the name Amblystoma."

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