5. Mudkip is based on the axolotl
Photo Credit: National Geographic
Mudkip seems like a weird animal – one too many fins, goofy eyes, and things just sprouting out of its cheeks for no reason? That’s because it’s based on the axolotl – or possibly a mudpuppy, but let’s stick with axolotl, since it’s a way cooler word and JUST LOOK AT THAT PICTURE.