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Scientific name: Ambystoma mexicanum
Common name: Axolotl, Water dog
Size: 12" (30cm) but usually much smaller
Minimum Tank Size: 10 Gallons
Tank setup: Fully aquatic, no strong currents, normal sized gravel can cause problems as they will swollow some when feeding from the bottom
Temperament: not aggressive, but will eat anything it can swollow
Compatibility: Can be kept with other axolotls (may bite each others feet though) and also goldfish that are too large to be eaten
Water Type: Freshwater
Temperature: 57-64°F (14-18°C)
Sexual dimorphism: Males have a more swollen anus
Breeding: Lays eggs amongst plants
Feeding: Beef or liver, earthworms, brine shrimp, tubiflex worms and fish foods
Other Varients: Albino
Axolotls are amazing creatures which are seen as a backwards step in evolution as it has evolved not to metamorphosise like other salamander species, therefore preventing it from spreading to new areas, it is also amasing because of its ability to re-generate legs and other damaged areas on its body.
I is actially possible for an axolotl to metamorphosise although very unusual unless it is injected with hormone injections (which can in fact shorten the lifespan) and I have also heard (although I doubt) that you can induce metamorphisim by lowering the water level slowely and adding iodine to the water althought I personally think one of the better things about axolotls is that they do not metamorphasise like other juvinile salamanders.
Strangely axolotls are able to breed in there juvinile form so not metamorphsising is not a problem for breeding them.
If you are keeping an axolotle that has metamorphed you will need to keep it in a moist enviroment with some soil without anything chemical added, and they will accept live insects as foods (like crickets and stuff)
Other than those morphed axolotls you need at least 10gallons for them and you should beware that anything they can get in there mouth they will swollow (or at least try to) so make sure the substraight is either fine enough to pass easily or too large to fit in its mouth, while aquatic they will accept almost anything as food from regular fish foods to beef, bloodworms, earthworms, small fish, insects, etc.
This species is on the CITES endangered species list however there are operations happening to breed and release more into the wild, also they are not taken from the wild as so many are bred in captivity.
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