Axolotl juveniles
looking at eachother between tanks_2
When axolotls begin growing their front and hind legs, they are known as juveniles. While their limbs are developing they go through a cannibalistic phase, where they will bite off the gills or developing limbs of their siblings. If an axolotl does have a limb of gill bitten off, it will be able to grow a new one within a few days. But this will take up energy that the axolotl would otherwise use to grow larger and stronger. To avoid any casualties or other problems related to cannibalism, it is best to move each axolotl into its own separate container as soon as they grow their front feet.

At this stage you can begin feeding thawed frozen bloodworm to your axolotls. Switching them from live baby brine shrimp, to frozen bloodworm is one of the most difficult aspects of raising juveniles. The bloodworms are a too large to feed whole at first, so you will need to chop up the cube of bloodworm until the pieces are small enough to be swallowed by the juveniles whole. You should feed each juvenile individually using a pipette. Gently wiggle the worm piece at the end of the pipette until the axolotl is enticed to bite it. It may take several attempts before the axolotl recognizes the bloodworm as something that’s edible and is willing to swallow it. Persistence and patience are key. Do not leave uneaten bloodworm in the tank with the axolotl,

You will need to feed juveniles 1-2 times a day. You will also need to do a full water change on each container every day due to the waste that they produce.

Once the axolotls are about 2-3 inches long, they will have fully developed their front and hind legs and will have largely outgrown their cannibalistic phase and can be reintroduced to the same tank. This is the size that we at Axolotl Canada begin selling our animals at. Be sure to check out our current stock for more information.
axolotl, axolotls, axoloti, canada, canadian, ontario, mexican walking fish, water dragons, water dogs, mud puppies, neotenic, neotenic salamander, tadplole, wooper, mudkip, toothless dragon, wooper-looper, what is that?, swamp monster, ambystoma mexicanum.