The Axolotls are found very rarely and so are not very common. The axolotl is a type of salamender, found in Mexico. It’s scientifically known as ” Ambystoma mexicanum”. The laboratory creature or common pet refers generally to A. mexicanum, is considered an eatable food item!
The Axolotl has amazing regenerative capabilities – if damaged, to the point of losing a body part, the Axolotl can heal with ease and can regenerate lost parts. They are quite robust creatures that are expected to live for about 10-15 years with noticeable proper care, particularly with the water quality. Their skin and gills are very delicate and quite pulpy so proper handling is required.
The Axolotl is neotenic, that is it doesn’t regularly undergo metamorphosis from the larval to adult form,like the most other salamanders. Instead, the larval form (with gills) becomes sexually mature and reproduces, maintains a meticulously aquatic life style. Under some situations, the Axolotl can undergo metamorphosis into a terrestrial from, though this can be difficult for the animal.Adolescent axolotls can be savage towards each other, and adults can potentially be housed together but watch for primitive tendencies.
Axolotls can be quite large, so it is suggested to keep 15-20 gallon tank, the tank doesn’t have to be full – just deeper than the full length of the axolotl. Tap water should have chlorine or chloramines removed using commercially available solutions. do not use distilled water. The pH level of the water should be from 6.5 to 7.5.
Gravel is used on the bottom of the tank at the coarse gravel. Fine gravel might be ingested during feeding. Some simply leave the bottom of the tank empty, although others believe this may force the axolotls a little since they can’t get a foothold on the bottom that way.
TEMPERATURE & LIGHTING:
The tank should be placed in a cool room away from bright sunlight. The temperature of water should be cool, between 57-68 F (14-20 C), and should not be above 75 F (24 C). No particular lighting is required, and in fact a place away from the light may be acknowledged, like a half flower pot or aquarium type castle.
The way to feed is by suction during which their rakers interlock to close the gill slits.In the wild, axolotls take in snails, worms, crustaceans, small fish, and small amphibians. In serfdom, they are fed brine shrimp, small strips of beef or liver, earthworms , bloodworms, tubifex worms, or commercial fish pellets . Uneaten food should be cleaned from the tank daily.
HABITAT AND ECOLOGY:
Axolotls are part of the Ambystoma tigrinum (Tiger salamander) complex, including all other Mexican species of Ambystoma. Their habitat is similar to that of most neotenic species—a high altitude water body enclosed by a risky terrestrial environment . However, a terrestrial population of Mexican Tiger Salamanders involves and grows in the axolotl’s habitat.
PRICE OF AXOLOTLS:
These fascinating animals are as affordably as pets, even to start a own reptile breeding project. They can cost for about 20$ to 35$.