Axolotl Size Main

The axolotl is one of the weirdest and most unusual salamander species. Popularly (but inaccurately) known as the Mexican walking fish, this amphibian won the hearts of people all over the globe. But how much do you know about this adorable creature? In this article, you will find interesting facts about axolotl size and features.

Axolotl Size

When they hatch, baby axolotls are about 0.5 inches (11mm) long. At first, they usually grow about an inch per month. The size of a fully grown axolotl can vary from 6 to 18 inches (15–45 cm). Yet, it seems that the average size is around 9–10 inches (23–25 cm).

An adult axolotl can weigh anywhere between 0.13 and 0.5 lbs (60–225 gr). However, they reach up to 1.1 lbs (0.5kg) in captivity. So, if you want to keep one as a pet, be prepared to invest in a bigger aquarium.

Axolotls reach their full size at 18 to 24 months of age. Their growth rate on factors such as water temperature and diet. A good rule of thumb is that the adult axolotl’s head should be as wide as its body.

We should also mention that there are some differences between male and female axolotls. Females will usually have rounder bodies than males because of the eggs they have to carry. Also, male axolotls will often have a more stretched body with a longer tail.

Other Features

Physical Features

Axolotl SizeThe physical features of axolotls are similar to those of salamander larvae. These features include external gills, otherwise known as the cute ferny antennas on their head. The other feature common for all salamanders is a dorsal fin, commonly referred to as “the tail”. Axolotls are also known for their wide heads and lidless eyes.

 

Colors and Variations

Axolotls have four pigmentation genes. This trait leads to considerable differences in color. These differences have been further increased by their popularity as pets. Namely, new and unique axolotl types were created in labs to meet the popular demand. Axolotls will typically exhibit colors such as gray, olive, brown, white, pink, and blue.

Natural Habitat, Life Span, and Diet

Axolotls are fully aquatic species. In other words, they spend their whole life in water. More specifically, in lakes of the Valley of Mexico.

They can live up to 15 years, but the average life of an axolotl is around 10 years long.

Axolotls’ diet is purely meat-based yet flexible. Namely, in nature, they can eat anything from worms and insects to small fish and even other salamanders.
Fascinating Abilities
An interesting fact about axolotls is they can regenerate organs and lost limbs. They are also over a thousand times more resistant to cancer than mammals. These impressive features have made axolotl a sensation in the scientific world. Experts are hoping they will eventually harness their abilities to help humans.

Conclusion

We hope that you’ve learned something new about axolotl size and features. They are truly a gem of the amphibian world thanks to their rare and remarkable features. Not to mention the role they might have in fighting cancer and regenerating damaged organs. All in all, axolotls deserve both our interest and appreciation.

Axolotl in the Wild Main

When shopping for a new pet, most of us are probably leaning toward a cat, a dog, or a fish. That’s perfectly natural, but some people still opt for stranger options, like the little axolotl. Small, cute, and slimy, this companion seems to be taking the world by storm. Requiring little care and attention, the axolotl can be the perfect companion for first-time pet owners. However, you need to learn how they are in the wild to take better care of them. Let’s take a look and see what we need to know about our aquatic friends and their controversial status.

All About Axolotls

Axolotls are a type of salamander native to Mexico that can live up to 15 years in the wild. They are also known as the walking fish for their amphibian lifestyle. Axolotls can be found in a variety of colors and patterns, most notably black, white, or gold.

It’s worth mentioning that these little fellows don’t go through metamorphosis and instead remain aquatic their entire lives. That means they should be handled with extreme caution, so as not to hurt them.

Behavior

Axolotls are not particularly social animals, so they don’t require any tank partners. You should definitely not mix them up with other species, especially fish, as they will try to eat them. Even other axolotls can end up as prey, so the best bet is to raise them in separate enclosures.

Diet

An axolotl in the wild will usually eat snails, small fish, and worms. When it comes to those in captivity, avoid feeding them fish or worms you caught yourself as they might contain parasites. Most axolotl owners prefer to feed them small stripes of liver, beef, and shrimp. It’s important to know your axolotl’s age and size, as the amount of food they require will vary.

Axolotl in the Wild
Enclosure

Unlike most amphibians, axolotls don’t require a dry area in the enclosure. Instead, they prefer different depths of water, with shallow and deep areas aplenty. When it comes to size, a 15-20 gallon fish tank is a good choice. The size will ensure that your little friend will have plenty of space to swim. And lastly, avoid placing the tank in bright sunlight and always make sure the temperature doesn’t go above 75°F.

Controversy

There is a bit of controversy when it comes to owning an axolotl, as they are considered an endangered species. The majority of pet axolotls are descendants of bred animals, usually used for scientific purposes. Furthermore, some states, like California and New Jersey, have laws against owning axolotls. Before buying one, make sure that your state allows it and the person selling it is a reputable breeder.

Let’s Get Swimming!

All in all, it’s easy to see why axolotls are starting to gain popularity. They are easy to care for and are adorable to look at. However, the controversy surrounding their status will surely make some people want to free their axolotl in the wild. Nevertheless, people that choose to stick with this aquatic friend will enjoy their company for years to come.

Axolotl Types Main

We can all agree axolotls are fantastic pets. They are cute, easy to take care of, and a perfect conversation piece. Additionally, there are many different axolotl types, each with its own unique appeal. And, as many of us, you find yourself wondering which is right for you. In this article, we will give you an overview of the different axolotl types and help you choose the right one for you.

The main distinction between different axolotls is the color of their skin. Thanks to their genetics, axolotls come in many different colors. Furthermore, their popularity as pets made axolotls even more diverse. New, unique axolotl types were created as a result of genetic engineering. However, for the sake of simplicity, we will focus on the five most common axolotl types and their distinctive features.

Five Axolotl Types You Can Find in Every Pet Shop

 

Wild Type

The color of a wild type’s skin is usually a mixture of black, olive, and green. They also have golden or iridescent spackles around the body, making them look almost glittery. Their eyes are dark with a golden ring around the pupils and their gills are gray or purple. If you like that classic salamander look, this type is perfect for you.

Leucistic

This type is our personal favorite. Their dark eyes contrast nicely with their light or pale pink body. They have adorable pink or red gills and can even develop dark freckles. Many mistakenly assume that white leucistic axolotl is an albino. However, as we will see, the differences are far from subtle.

White Albino

If you are searching for a more exotic look, go for one of the albino axolotls. White albinos have a white body with deep red gills. Due to the lack of pigmentation, their eyes are clear with red irises. Furthermore, unlike our pals mentioned above, they can’t develop freckles.

Golden Albino

These axolotls can have a golden or peachy colored body with shiny patches. Their gills are also peach in color. Due to the albinism, their eyes are clear. With their pale body and clear eyes, albino axolotls look almost uncanny. But don’t let that fool you, they are just as lovable as the other ones.

Axolotl Types

Melanoid

Finally, melanoids are often mistaken for dark wild types. However, there are a few key differences. Melanoids have a high amount of dark pigment and a lack of shiny one. This lack of shine means that, unlike wild type axolotls, melanoids cannot have flecks or other colors throughout their body. That is great news for those of you who love everything black.

Final Thoughts

We hope that this guide to the most common axolotl types was of help and that you chose the right one for you. However, if you find none of these lovable creatures appealing, don’t give up yet. There are plenty of fish in the sea. Or, rather, plenty of axolotl types in the lakes. There are also GFP, Copper, Chimera, Mosaic, and Enigma to name a few. But be aware, they might be hard to come by.

Axolotl Morphs Main

Did you ever dream of having your own Mudkip? Well, sadly, real Pokémon do not exist, but there’s one little amphibian that the meme-worthy Mudkip is based on — the axolotl. And luckily enough, there’s a wide variety of axolotl morphs out there, each more adorable than the last.

 

So, which particular type of axolotl should you choose from? We’ve got a handy list for you right here!

Common Axolotl Morphs

Leucistic

Leucistic axolotls are usually pink or white, with dark navy or black eyes. In addition, depending on where we keep them or what genetics they have, these axolotl morphs may or may not develop freckles.

Wild

A wild type axolotl has nearly every color you can imagine, from black to green and brown. It also spots black eyes with golden rings around each pupil, as well as greyish-purple gills.

Golden Albino

As its name suggests this axolotl type has a gold-hued body. In addition, it sports shiny patches all over its body, clear eyes, and gills the color of a ripe peach. Despite being an albino, it doesn’t have pure white skin, but its albinism does show in other areas. For example, it doesn’t have black eyes like other axolotl morphs, and the golden hue is the result of a lack of melanophores.

White Albino

White albino axolotls actually have proper, complete albinism. You can have your very own little aquatic wonder with clear, pale skin and transparent eyes. However, albino axolotl morphs can actually develop black fingertips when they reach sexual maturity, making them appear dirty.

Melanoid

If white and golden albino axolotl morphs have a lack of melanophores, Melanoids have it in spades. This type of axolotl is almost all black, with no shiny pigments. They look like wild axolotls, but with a less diverse color palette.

Axolotl Morphs

Uncommon Axolotl Morphs

Green Fluorescent Protein or GFP

GFP axolotls didn’t naturally develop. Rather, scientists would inject the protein into their bodies in order to make them glow. And after these GFP cuties started breeding, they transferred this fluorescent trait to their offspring.

 

The golden rule of GFP axolotls is simple: the more pigments they have, the weaker their glow will be. That’s why albino GFP axolotls shine brighter than melanoids or wild types.

Copper

Copper types are really a form of albino axolotls, but with reddish eyes and copper-colored spots all over their bodies. And just like with albinos, their skin doesn’t have any dark pigments.

Rare Axolotl Morphs

Mosaic

Mosaic axolotls are a result of two cells forming in development, and then the resulting organism shows the phenotype of both of those cells. These morphs have two distinct colors mixed in a mosaic-like pattern and are extremely rare.

Chimera

Chimeras are born in a similar way to mosaics, but their two colors are evenly split down the middle. For example, one half of the axolotl’s body will be black, while the other one would show signs of albinism.

 

Both chimeras and mosaics are technically a genetic accident. We cannot replicate them through breeding, and the chances of either being born are extremely small. In addition, mosaics are usually infertile, so they won’t be able to breed anyway.

Piebald

Piebalds are essentially leucistic axolotl morphs, but with a particular pigment placement. Namely, they will have dark patches of skin all over the face, down their backs, and along their sides. More often than not, they are thought of as leucistics with a ‘dirty face’. And unlike mosaics and chimeras, their pigmentation can be inherited.

Silver Dalmatian

Also known as the lavender axolotl, this type is so rare that we still don’t know much about it. Supposedly, it can only be found in the United States. It gets the creative name from its Dalmatian-like body, with lavender skin and dark spots all over it.

Firefly

A result of genetic grafting, firefly axolotls have a tail that has a different color than the rest of the body. They are extremely rare and you would have to shell out at least $250 to get one.

Enigma

As its name suggests, not much is known about this axolotl morph. All we do know is that an American hobbyist is currently breeding it.

Final Thoughts

Yes, there are so many cute and awesome axolotl morphs to choose from! And some are rarer than others, it seems. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if your axolotl of choice is an albino or a chimera. You’re still guaranteed to get an adorable amphibian that’s easy to raise and, more importantly, looks stunning.