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    The axolotl is a Mexican neotenic mole salamander. Neotenic means that, as an adult, it holds onto traits seen in juveniles. Read more at http://www.funzug.com/index.php/wildlife/unbelievable-animal-photos-that-are-not-photoshopped.html#olAe1KD8zPTuMduU.99

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