Axolotyl Care

ONE OF THE WORLDS MOST INTERESTING CREATURES THE AXOLOTLS ARE THE LARVAL STAGE OF A SALAMANDER AND ARE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER AMPHIBIANS IN THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO REPRODUCE WHILE REMAINING A SEXUALLY MATURE LARVA THE

AXOLOTL CAN GROW TO 30 CM AND COME IN DARK GREY, BROWN, ALBINO, GOLDEN AND

SPOTTED. THEY ARE ALSO COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS MEXICAN WALKING FISH,

THIS NAME REFERS TO THE HABIT OF WALKING WHILST STILL UNDER WATER

THEY SHOULD NOT BE REMOVED FROM THE WATER AS THEY WILL DIE AS WILL ANY OTHER FISH.

AXOLOTLS ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO UNDERGO METAMORPHOSIS (SIMILAR TO A TADPOLE CHANGING IN TO A FROG) AND CHANGE IN TO AN AIR BREATHING, LAND DWELLING SALAMANDER, BUT THIS VERY SELDOM OCCURS. IT SEEMS THAT MOST STRAINS HAVE NOW LOST THE ABILITY TO METAMORPHOSE.

HOUSING

THEY SHOULD BE CARED FOR IN SIMILAR CONDITIONS AS GOLDFISH AS THEIR

REQUIREMENTS ARE THE SAME. THE TANK SHOULD BE AERATED AND FILTERED. AS

AXOLOTLS EXTRACT OXYGEN FROM THE WATER THROUGH THEIR GILLS AND THE

QUALITY AND CLARITY OF THE WATER IS IMPORTANT FOR THEIR HEALTH

AN AQUARIUM 60 CM X 30 CM X 30 CM WILL HOUSE A FULL GROWN PAIR OF AXOLOTLS

THE LIGHTING SHOULD BE KEPT DIM AS THEY ARE SOMEWHAT NOCTURNAL IN NATURE.

FEEDING

IN THE AQUARIUM AXOLOTL CAN BE FED SMALL PIECES OF RAW LEAN BEEF OR BEEF LIVER OR BEEF HEART BEEF HEART IS AVAILABLE IN PRE PACKAGED PUSH OUT BLISTER PACK FROM US) AS WITH ALL ANIMALS A VARIED DIET IS IMPORTANT AND THEY CAN ALSO HAVE EARTHWORMS, TADPOLES. BLOOD WORMS AND EVEN SMALL FISH,

SOME DAYS THEY WILL NOT EAT BUT YOU MUST REMOVE ANY UNEATEN FOOD AS IT WILL QUICKLY FOUL THE WATER

REQUIREMENTS FOR FOOD INCREASE WITH THE WARMER TEMPERATURE AND AT

TEMPERATURES BELOW 10 DEGREES THEY USUALLY REFUSE TO EAT ALTOGETHER

BREEDING

MALE AND FEMALE AXOLOTLS ARE DIFFICULT TO DIFFERENTIATE, EVEN WHEN THEY ARE SEXUALLY MATURE AT ABOUT 12 MONTHS OF AGE. THE MALE SHOWS SWELLING AROUND THE CLOACE (THE SEXUAL OPENING) IS MORE SLENDER ,HAS A LONGER TAIL AND THE HEAD IS NARROWER. THE FEMALE LAYS BETWEEN 300 TO 1000 EGGS WHEN SHE SPAWNS IN EARLY SPRING. EGGS HATCH IN TWO WEEKS AT A TEMPERATURE OF 14—18 DEGREES THE PARENTS SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE TANK AFTER SPAWNING AND THE YOUNG RAISED ON LIVE FOOD

WHEN LARGE NUMBERS OF AXOLOTLS ARE KEPT TOGETHER IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP THEM WELL FED AS THEY MAY ATTACK OTHER AXOLOTLS

IT IS INTERESTING THAT IN THE EVENT OF A LIMB OR PORTION OF THE FISH BEING BITTEN OFF ,IT WILL REGENERATE. THE DAMAGED INDIVIDUAL SHOULD BE ISOLATED AND GIVEN

EXTRA FOOD AND ATTENTION

THE REGENERATION PROCESS SEEMS TO BE MORE RAPID AT LOWER TEMPERATURES.

LIFE SPAN

GIVEN THE RIGHT CONDITIONS, THE AXOLOTL SHOULD GIVE YOU 10—15 YEARS OF

ENJOYMENT

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