Different Types / Morphs of Axolotls
Leucistic Axolotl has a white/pink body colour, dark navy/black eyes, bright red gills, may or may not develop freckles depending on the environment and genetics.
Wild type axolotls are a combination of greens, browns, blacks, and just about any other color with speckles of shiny gold iridophore pigment. This Axolotl usually has dark eyes with a shiny gold ring around the pupil with purple/gray gills.
White Albino Axolotls have a white/pink body, has clear/red eyes, and bright red gills. These Axolotls will not develop any type of freckles or other pigmentation on the body except for the fingertips that will become darkened when the albino Axolotl is on its way to sexual maturity. The white albino comes in two forms, known only as white and xanthic; for simplicity, we will just call them white albinos.
The golden albino Axolotl has a yellow body with shiny patches, clear eyes, and peachy coloured gills. The golden albino axolotl lacks melanophores, which is what gives it the gold appearance. Like albinos, golden albinos cannot have black eyes, as they are a form of albinism.
Melanoid Axolotls look very similar to dark a Wild Type Axolotl. The difference is that this Axolotl has an increased amount of melanophores, or dark pigment, and lack the shiny pigment that the wild type Axolotls have. This is a simply black Axolotl.
GFP stands for Green Fluorescent Protein, which is a recessive genetic trait that can be contained in any Axolotl morph. This genetic trait is passed down from generation to generation. Axolotls that contain the GFP genetic can 'Glow In The Dark' when exposed to blacklight or blue light. These Axolotls can only glow vibrant green when exposed to this light.
Copper is a variety of albinism, as they have red-tinted eyes and lay white eggs. They are often a light brownish or pinkish colour with darker brown spots. Coppers don't have any black pigments, also known as melanophores.
Chimerism in Axolotls is said to be when two eggs fuse together in development, and each side grows according to the egg it came from, often resulting in a split-down-the-middle appearance. One side can often grow at a slightly slower rate than the other.
Silver Dalmatian / Lavender
Information on this Axolotl is not well known. This Axolotl has more of a "purple" hue to them with darker spots along the body like a dalmatian dog. I believe this Axolotl is only available within the United States.
This axolotl is bred by an American hobbyist; only available within the United States. There is not much known about this Axolotl.
Mosaicism is the result of two cells forming together during development. These Axolotls come out showing the phenotype of both cells. You can think of it as a chimera, but not an even split down the middle the colour variation is more mixed.
Piebald Axolotls have pigmentation that goes down the body and sides. Many heavily-spotted leucistic is mistaken for piebald. The axolotl in the picture does not have much side pigmentation, but it wouldn't be unusual for it to go all down the sides. A piebald is normally significantly darker, and thicker in black spots than a spotty-leucistic.
FireFly Axolotls are literally one of a kind. These Axolotls were produced by Lloyd Strohl II from Indiana USA in 2016. These Axolotls are produced by embryonic graphing. The reason for these Axolotls being produced is because Lloyd Strohl II is conducting a preliminary investigation into the distribution and activation of melanocytes in leucistic Axolotls and, in particular, in mosaics Axolotls.
Detailed Axolotl Care Sheet
Officially named Ambystoma mexicanum but more commonly known as the Axolotl or Mexican Walking Fish (which actually is not a fish at all - rather an amphibian, salamander to be specific). Axolotls are part of the order Caudata/Urodela. Axolotl originates from the bottoms of two lakes in Mexico. Surprisingly the lake is fed by a large glacier thus remaining cool throughout the seasons. Axolotls require cooler water temperatures. Although Axolotls have been deemed an endangered species in the wild, there are now millions being bred and in captivity. The Axolotl’s life cycle is a rare phenomenon as they live their entire life in the larval stage, yet still, manage to breed. “It is believed that they have evolved to be this way due to low levels of iodine in their native waters. Experiments have been done and Axolotls will metamorphose when exposed to iodine, and they develop into salamanders that look similar to the closely related Tiger Salamander.
Axolotls have excellent regenerative abilities and can regrow limbs, tails, and even heart and brain cells at an outstanding rate. This has made them a popular focus in scientific research.” [theamphibian.co.uk]
There are several different color variations [morphs] in Axolotls that occur in captivity.
Wild Type: Mottled green with shiny eyes and dark purple gills.
White Albino: White or very light pink with clear pink/red eyes and bright pink or red gills.
Melanoid: Black or dark gray with black eyes and dark gills.
Leucistic: White or pink with dark eyes, bright red/pink gills. May or may not develop freckles.
Golden Albino: Golden or yellow with shiny patches, pink or fire orange eyes, bright red or pink gills.
Copper: Copper or olive with dark eyes, and bright red or pink gills.
Other morphs: Other morphs are considered rare and unique. These morphs consist of Piebald, Golden Non-Albino, and Chimaerism.
GFP: (Green Fluorescent Protein) Is a recessive gene that can be contained in any morph. This means that Axolotls who carry the GFP gene can glow green under black or blue light.
Axolotls can grow up to 25-30cm (10 – 12 inches). Dwarfs at less than 7 inches.
Axolotls can live up to 15 years with appropriate care, but generally, most times they last about 8-10 years.
Habitat **Very Important**:
An aquarium will be required to house an Axolotl, as they are an entirely aquatic species that enjoy heavily vegetated freshwaters. Axolotls are quite an active species, so the bigger the aquarium the better. Axolotls require at least 10 gallons each when adult size is reached. The aquarium should be fitted with a tight mesh or screen lid, as they are prone to try and leap from their enclosures.
The ideal water temperature for your Axolotl is a temperature gradient of 16-20°C (60-68°F). This is generally at room temperature so no additional heating should be required. In most cases, hobbyists experience difficulty keeping their tank cool in the warmer months. Lower temperatures lead to sluggish behavior, slower metabolism, and decreased appetite. Temperatures above 24 °C (75 °F) are very stressful to Axolotls. Such temperatures can cause the metabolism to increase and consequently, an increase in appetite. Exposure to these temperatures for more than a few days will quickly lead to disease and possibly death. It is useful to have a small thermometer in the aquarium to check the water temperature and avoid any issues.
Axolotls are carnivores that should be fed every 2-3 days. They have "teeth" designed for gripping rather than biting and tearing. Due to this, their food is typically swallowed whole. Axolotls should be fed a variety of different foods to avoid boredom with a specific food. It would be as if you were eating cereal every day of your life for every meal – boring! Some examples of appropriate food to feed your Axolotls are bloodworms, earthworms, blackworms, white worms, brine shrimp, daphnia, and carnivore pellets. You should feed them as much as they can comfortably eat within 10 minutes. We feed our juvenile axolotl's bloodworms and carnivore pellets.
Axolotls can reach sexual maturity anywhere between 5 months and a few years; it all depends on the frequency/quality of food and the water temperatures and conditions. One sign to tell if your axolotl is sexually mature is the darker tips of the toes. Some ways of determining the sex of your axolotl are as follows: Mature females tend to have very rounded bodies. A sexually mature male cloacal region (private part area), is larger than that of a female. Males also typically have longer bodies and tails in comparison to females.
To tell if your Axolotl is stressed, take a look at their gills. If they are flipped forward – they are most likely stressed. This is the most evident way to tell. If they seem normal - they are most likely fine. Prolonged stress exposure can succumb to the Axolotl to disease and eventually death.
If cooling your tank in the warmer months is an issue, move your tank to a lower level of your home (if possible). If temperatures are still too high, point a fan at your tank and be sure to have a mesh lid rather than an aquarium hood with light. The mesh allows more air to circulate leaving the tank cooler.
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