Albino Axolotl - Md
The axolotl is also known as the water dog or Mexican walking fish. They are neotenic salamanders related to tiger salamanders. This means that they reach adulthood without undergoing metamorphosis.
This species is from central Mexico, on the southern edge of Mexico City, in canals and wetlands in the general vicinity of Xochimilco It was originally found in Lakes Xochimilco and Chalco, but it been extirpated from most of its range. The IUCN lists them as critically endangered due to habitat loss, pollution, climate change, and invasive species. Even though they are rare in the wild, populations are thriving in captivity.
They are easy to breed and easy to care for as long as they are kept cold. They prefer to be kept from 61° F to 64° F. They eat sinking pellets, earthworms, and frozen foods with gusto and any substrates used in the aquaria should be large enough to not be swallowed or small enough to pass easily otherwise impaction could be an issue. A single individual can be kept in a 10 gallon tank, but tanks of 20 or more gallons are ideal.
A full grown axolotl ranges in length from 6 to 18 in, with 9 inches being the average. Axolotls possess features typical of salamander larvae, including three pairs of external gills and a caudal fin extending from behind the head to the vent. Their heads are wide, with smiling mouths and lidless eyes. Males can be identified by their swollen cloacae, while females have wider bodies full of eggs.
Axolotls come in a few different morphs: Wild, Copper, Leucistic, Albino, Melanoid and GFP. GFP stands for Green Florescent Protein these are lab created with a special protein added that make them glow under black light.
If you are interested in adopting an axolotl, please fill out the application here: https://www.jraar.org/adoption