Axolotl Care Sheet

Below is an Axolotl care sheet based upon our extensive experiences with these incredible amphibians.

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Axolotl
Ambystoma mexicanum

These gilled salamanders are some of the most popular pets in the world, and for good reason. Not only do they do very well in captivity, but they are active and grow quickly. They are also known as Mexican walking fish, and are related to Tiger salamanders. They were a common food for the Aztecs.

Range: In the wild, they originate from two lakes in Mexico (primarily Xochimilco), only one of which still exists, and are considered endangered. However, those available within the United States are all captive bred.

Physical Description: These amphibians have gills and must remain under water at all times—there is no terrestrial period, the gills are permanent. Often confused with Mudpuppies, these salamanders have a similar appearance. They experience neoteny, which means they reach adulthood without going through metamorphosis.

The most amazing aspect of this species is their ability to regenerate limbs, and even portions of their brain! They come in a variety of morphs, including wild type, albino, leucistic, gold, GFP, and several more. Some even glow in the dark under black lights.

Size: These creatures reach an average adult size of 8-10 inches, although some reach larger lengths of up to 18-inches! Definitely a sizable animal.

Behavior: Babies can be mildly nippy with cage mates, but adults generally leave each other alone, other than breeding behavior. Most of their time is spent at the bottom of the tank. They are known to intentionally ingest gravel to aid in buoyancy control.

Enclosure: This species requires an entirely aquatic setup of 10-gallons per animal, with room temperature water. In their native habitat, the water rarely rises above 68F. Do not ever use a water heater. Gravel substrate is recommended, but a bare-bottomed tank will work well too. No land area is necessary.

Heating & Humidity: Please do not heat the water, per above. Humidity is a non-issue since they are entirely aquatic.

Lighting: No lighting is necessary for their health.

Feeding: Axolotls will readily feed upon live earthworms, waxworms, and occasionally feeder fish (minnows or small goldfish). They will also consume fish pellets.

Breeding: Reaching sexual maturity within 4-6 months, axolotls will generally breed without any outside influence if the seasonal water temperature change is moderately noticeable. They are considered “easy” to breed. Females can lay up to 1,000 eggs!

Price Range: Approximately $30 for our captive bred axolotls, regardless of morph. We axolotls for sale on our main salamander page.

Species Notes: These salamanders can live for over 15 years with good captive conditions.

Summary: Axolotls make entertaining, long-lived, hardy captives when provided with the fairly minimal requirements mentioned above. We highly recommend them as amphibian pets.

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We offer exotic reptiles for sale online at absolute rock-bottom prices, which means we make these fascinating animals available to you affordably as pets, or even to start your own reptile breeding project. We are reptile enthusiasts who believe captive breeding is integral to the future of the market, as it not only helps protect wild herp populations, but is an incredibly rewarding experience that tends to intensify one's passion for these amazing prehistoric creatures. Whether you buy a snake, lizard, turtle, tortoise, or alligator, we are driven to provide the highest quality live reptiles for sale.

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