Alphabet Snack: “O” is for Olm

The Olm (aquatic salamander) is a fresh water cave-dweller in Europe.


~ Peach ~ Chocolate Chips ~ Raisin ~


{ What a cute face!! }

I used canned peach halves.  Take one half out and pat it dry with a paper towel.  Stick in mini choc chips for the eyes and a sliver of raisin for the mouth.


1. The Olm can survive up to 10 yrs without food!!

2. They can live to be over 58 yrs old!!

3. They are born with good eye sight, but with the complete darkness around them, their eyes stop developing and a special skin grows over them.  Their eyes are still light sensitive though.

4. They have extremely hightened senses such as smell, taste, hearing and electrosensitivity, just like sharks.

5. A female olm will lay up to 70 eggs over a 25 day period.  They hatch between 85-185 days depending on water temperature.  The young live off of yolk stored in there digestive systems for about a month.


Edge of Existence

Nature at PBS

National Geographic

Very little is known about the Olm and I couldn’t find any coloring pages.


{ If you find something, please share!! }


~ Bon Ap[petite] ~

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  • At 2009.01.23 08:34, Melissa said:

    How CUTE! They really do have a smiley face, don’t they?

    • At 2009.01.23 09:05, Kellie said:

      I know!! I think they are fascinating!! I have learned so much during this animal special!!

      The runner up for O was the Okapi….

      The Oxpecker was third.

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      • At 2009.02.26 13:59, Samantha said:

        The top two pictures are not of an olm. The animal in question is an Axolotl – a type of neonatal salamander.
        They are quite interesting and I just thought you might be interested. 😀

        • At 2009.02.26 14:18, Kellie said:

          Thank you for letting us know!! I just looked up pics of the Olm and they came up. Guess I should have done a little more research. 🙂 The Olm and the Axolotl are both fascinating!!

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