I own them! (; I was just recently given two juvenile axolotls by a friend of my parents. Her axolotls laid eggs, and she was rehoming some of the offspring, so we took two. They're really easy to care for, and come in a variety of colors, so I think that they would be a cool pet for someone thats looking for a "different" type of pet. I believe they are closely related to tiger salamanders, and they are basically the larval stage of one. Axolotls reach sexual maturity in that stage, so they're gills never disappear, instead they just stay in same form. They kind of look a bit like tadpoles when they're young, later they develop front legs and then back, and the gills also get larger and "fluffier :P. The one in your pic is a leucistic axolotl, also the ones I have. Right now, mine are very pale in color, including their gills. In addition, since mine are still juveniles, they have rather transparent bodies, I can see the food they take in. They grow pretty big, so a big tank is definitely needed. Also, axolotls prefer cooler temperatures, so be careful not to overheat in the summer. I don't know of many pet stores that carry them, so the best place to buy one may be online, the larger ones can be a bit pricey, but its worth it. They have more personality and look better when they are adult, so I'd recommend getting an adult. My juvies tend to just "float around" in the tank. You can PM me with any questions or comments (;.