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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.