- Rescue nuns rare amphibian from extinction
- Axolotl mucus turns into cough syrup
- Conservation measures of the pious sisters
Lake Ptzcuaro is a lake with an area of 126 square kilometers and is located at an altitude of 1,920 meters in the Mexican state of Michoacn. Lake Ptzcuaro is the original habitat of the Dumerils Querzahnmolches. The newt only lives in this lake, nowhere else in the world. He is thus a so-called “endemic Art”. If the fragile habitat of an endemic species is destroyed, it will disappear irretrievably from our earth. Endemic animal and plant species are still discovered by researchers and scientists every year.
Nuns noticed the disappearance of the Dumeril’s cross-toothed newt
The nuns in the basilica “Our Lady of Health” living in Lake Ptzcuaro in the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, noticed at some point that the Dumeril’s cross-toothed newt was being caught less and less. The pious nuns have always harvested the slime from the captive amphibiansin order to be profitable Cough Syrup establish and advance their finances. Suddenly, however, the catch quota went conspicuously downhill.
Due to the rapid population growth in the cities and in the area around the lake, on the one hand, the demand for food increased. So there was an increase in fishing in Lake Ptzcuaro, which resulted in a overfishing of newts led. Fishing for the animals is tempting, because such a Dumerils cross-toothed newt is a big prey with a size of up to 35 cm.
On the other hand, were on a large scale unfiltered sewage slides into the lake, causing massive damage to the water quality of the lake and the life in it. So it is no wonder that various animal species, including Dumeril’s cross-toothed newt, have become increasingly rare in Lake Ptzcuaro.
The nuns saw their income threatened
Through the Decline in catches of the Dumeril cross-toothed newt the pious nuns became active and laid one Conservation breeding of amphibians behind their monastery walls at. While the newts in Lake Ptzcuaro are now almost extinct, the nuns have proven to be skilful and successful keepers and breeders of the animals.
In the meantime, the Dumerils cross-toothed newt is one of the rarest and most endangered animals in the world. Dumerils cross-toothed newch is recognized by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) as threatened with extinction listed. The attentive nuns are supported in their efforts to preserve the rare newt through donations for their breeding station and by imitators in zoological institutions, and that meanwhile worldwide.
It would not only be a great loss to lose this extraordinary animal as a species on our earth. Axolotl or transverse tooth newts are also of particular importance in the Science and medicine, because they regenerate amputated limbs can. Axolotl and transverse newts remain in the for life, even as adults Larval stage.