Taxxon 43
Species information

Taxxon homeworld






Dark yellow and red

Number of Limbs


Special Attributes

Sentient; Cannibalistic; Insectoid; Excellent Swimmers

Behind the scenes
First appearance

The Invasion

Last appearance

The Beginning

"Taxxons are huge, long worms. Like Earth centipedes, only much larger. Taxxons live in a state of eternal hunger. Desperate hunger. They will eat anything – dead or alive. Even their own fallen or injured brothers."

The Taxxons were a race of carnivorous beings who for the most part joined the Yeerk Empire of their own volition. The race became technically extinct when the remaining Taxxons chose to live out the remainder of their lives in the Amazon Rainforest trapped in anaconda morph.


Taxxon licensee illustration

Taxxon licensee illustration used in a variety of merchandise

The Taxxons are a race of large insectoids resembling a massive centipede. The most prominent feature of their face is the large mouth with razor sharp serrated teeth directly in the center. Situated around sides of the mouth are four red jellylike eyes. Eight to ten feet long, they are closer to the height of a human when standing erect due to the lower portion needed for balance. They also have twelve upper appendages that end in lobsterlike pincers and twenty lower appendages. These arms are very good for operating controls, so the expected occupants of a single Bug fighter are one Hork-Bajir and one Taxxon. Although they are slightly slower than humans on land, they are very fast swimmers, able to keep up with bottle-nosed dolphins easily.[1]

The Taxxons possess an unceasing and irresistible instinct to constantly consume sustenance, especially meat. They will engage in feeding frenzies should they sense raw flesh or blood. They have no apparent qualms with cannibalizing their own kind, and if they are wounded they may even eat their own damaged flesh; one book featured a scene where Ax cut a Taxxon in half and it began to eat its severed half. Neither a Yeerk in control of a Taxxon body nor a human or Andalite in Taxxon morph can fully control this instinct. It was revealed that the Taxxons' overwhelming hunger is driven by their constant, overwhelming fear of starvation.


On their homeworld, the Taxxons lived in sentient bumblebee structures or ant colony obeying the The Living Hive. As far as is known, they possessed little or no technology before the Yeerks arrived on their planet.

Andalite-Yeerk WarEdit

When the Yeerk Empire first discovered the Taxxon homeworld, the Yeerks decided, rather than conquering the planet, to make the Taxxons a simple deal: in exchange for the Taxxons agreeing to become Controllers, the Taxxons would get an endless supply of new, exotic meats. Nearly all the Taxxons readily agreed. The Yeerks did not sway from the bargain, and they began using Taxxons to dispose of criminals.[2]

Taxxon TrackersEdit

"Taxxon trackers can sense warm flesh from miles away, as long as they have a sample. They're a special breed of Taxxon."
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Mountain TaxxonsEdit

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Arbron's army of Taxxons

"Mountain Taxxons? Rebels? I was so surprised I temporarily forgot to be terrified. There were still Taxxons resisting the Yeerks? This would be huge news to my people. We'd assumed all the Taxxons had accepted Yeerk rule in exchange for promises of fresh, unusual meats."

There are a group of Taxxons called Mountain Taxxons which fought the Yeerk Empire; the leader of this group is an Andalite Nothlit named Arbron who got trapped in Taxxon morph in a secret mission.[3] Arbron and his Taxxons met the Animorphs and created a diversion which aided the Animorphs in ending the Yeerk invasion of Earth. However, many Taxxons were killed during the battle.[4]

After the battle, all the surviving Taxxons are given the ability to permanently morph into anacondas and other "way too big" snakes so that they can have a form similar to their own, yet be free of the never-ending hunger. Arbron lived in South America among these nothlit-Taxxon-snakes for a time, but he was later killed by human poachers.[5] The fate of the rest of their race is unknown, but are surely no longer slaves of the Yeerks.


"I turned away and walked back to the two stunned Taxxons. Without hesitating, I placed my hand on one of the Taxxons' slimy flesh."
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"I had only one way to go. I would have to resume the Taxxon morph I had acquired. The Taxxon DNA was still a part of me. It always would be."
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Taxxon FactionsEdit

Known TaxxonsEdit

Known MorphersEdit


  1. The Message page 68
  2. The Invasion
  3. The Andalite Chronicles
  4. The Answer
  5. The Beginning