November 2017: Axolotl

Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)

This month’s featured animal species is the Axolotl, an unusual species of salamander from the Urodela order and part of the larger Amphibia class.



Learn more about the critically endangered axolotl. Watch videos, view images, and read through publications and other resources all about this unusual amphibian on the November 2017 FaunaFocus page, a hub for axolotl research, media, and discovery. Learn even more about this incredible aquatic creature by checking and @FaunaFocus on Twitter daily for bite-sized FaunaFacts.



Let inspiration strike! Create something with the axolotl in mind, whether it be a fictional story, simple poem, layered watercolor, interpretive dance, whatever medium you most resonate with! Do you see abstractions in the axolotl’s varied patterns and colorations? Does the axolotl’s Mexican aquatic habitat inspire you? Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, everyone has the ability to create. Try something new or hone your craft. Just let the axolotl spark your imagination!



Let’s focus on the axolotl together! Find a family of wildlife-lovers on the FaunaFocus Twitch Stream Team or in the FaunaFocus Discord Server, or browse the hashtag #FaunaFocus to find more animal-themed content! Livestream your creative process or record it in a video. Tweet about your own research and findings, or discuss and identify in the Discord channels. Post your sketches, works-in-progress, and final creations on the social media of your choice. Don’t forget the hashtag!



For an extra challenge, enter the Fauna Free-For-All! Submit your best axolotl-inspired creation to be live-judged on Twitch at the end of the month. Allow your artwork to be critiqued to find your strengths and weaknesses and improve your work in the future. All artists, art-forms, and media are eligible, just don’t miss the deadline!



John Clare



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