In addition, it should be noted that some populations are particularly susceptible to zoonoses, such as children under 10 years of age, the elderly, or people with chronic immune system disease. Therefore, a wild animal may also pose a risk to public health. One of these parameters is temperature, and is that axolotls are cold-water animals, below 21 ° C is ideal; As a result, they can become stressed at high temperatures. In practice, the warmer the water, the less oxygen it contains. In captivity, axolotls are usually grey, green, orange and white with black eyes. Their skin is smooth and they remain in the larval stage, so they retain their gills and never develop eyelids. For this reason, it is called neotenic salamander. Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. For this reason, it has great potential for trade in wildlife goods and services based on sustainable use strategies. However, the illegal trade in species and the possession of these wild animals as pets is a recurring scourge in the country. The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development has published the “National Action Plan for the Prevention, Management and Control of Introduced Planted and Invasive Species”, but the existence of regulations will be useless if citizens continue to tolerate and support illegal trade in species or purchase specimens from members of illegal networks.
If you have chosen an axolotl as a pet, you need to follow these guidelines: Another crucial aspect is the substrate. Aquariums with sand substrate are ideal for axolotls; Let`s not forget that in addition to swimming, they like to hang on and walk on the ground. This would be the first time this amphibian has been rescued in Colombia. One of the main reasons why this species is threatened with extinction is said to be the high level of commercialization on the illicit market, where one of its main uses is santeria and witchcraft rituals. “We also don`t have legally established farm records or permit reports from the National Environmental Licensing Authority (ANLA) confirming legal entry into the country or their breeding,” adds Carrillo, who reported that the animals often arrive in boxes sent by conventional mail or hidden in packages transported on intercommunal buses. The axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) is a unique and fascinating animal. For those looking for something different for their aquarium, this particular species may be an option. However, many people wonder if it is advisable to have it at home. Ferrets, gekcos, axolotls and even hedgehogs from all over the world enter the country and are traded via social networks or the Internet in an underground and illegal trade. Not only can this become a form of cruelty to animals, but it can also turn these alien species into invasive species that threaten our health and the biodiversity of the territory.
And as a source from Corantioquia, who wanted to keep his name secret, “as long as there are no border controls, these exotic species will continue to enter Colombia mainly by land. It works with embassies and diplomatic relations to end it, as well as with intensive police training. But the real results have not yet been achieved. Because when people are tired of having them in their homes, or traffickers are discovered or don`t know what to do with specimens that get out of control (among other reasons), they are released into the wild, adapt and can invade, as happened with the African snail, the basa fish. which can be seen in the Magdalena River and comes from Asia; the bullfrog, the hippos that roam the Magdalena Medio and even the pigeons that we see in the squares and steeples. And we must not forget the lionfish, the latter typical of the Indian Ocean, but which invaded the coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea after several pairs reached the sea when Hurricane Andrew (1992) destroyed aquariums where they were exposed in areas of Florida (USA).