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Best type of earthworms for axolotls?

This is a discussion on Best type of earthworms for axolotls? within the Earthworms, Nightcrawlers, etc forums, part of the Food: Live, Frozen, Freeze-Dried, Pellets, etc category; I can't speak for axolotl's preference but I had an oscar who would spit out europeans because of some yellowish ...

View Poll Results: Best earthworms for axolotls

Red wriggler (Eisenia foetida) 19 18.81%
European Nightcrawler (Eisenia hortensis) 24 23.76%
Canadian Nightcrawler (Lumbricus terrestris) 40 39.60%
African Nightcrawler (Eudrilus eugeniae) 3 2.97%
Alabama Jumper (Amynthas gracilis) 1 0.99%
Other type not mentioned 9 8.91%
I am not sure what type I worms I am feeding. But they sure do love it! 19 18.81%
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Old 23rd October 2014   #21 (permalink)
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I can't speak for axolotl's preference but I had an oscar who would spit out europeans because of some yellowish excretion. Currently raising africans, no yellow gunk and they do breed like mad at room temp but in my experience they're not as heat tolerant as suggested. 3 days in 90 degree weather did one bin in . The one big advantage of the europeans was that they didn't wander around like the africans tend too- not crippling losses but dead worms all over the floor can be a pain.



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Allolobophora icterica is always well accepted by axolotls and all other caudates.It is only available by very rainy weather.



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If you're having trouble with red wigglers because of the excretion trying freezing them and feeding the thawed worms. My axies won't take live but they devour the frozen thawed.



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i like to use canadian nightcrawlers, cut up. they tend to live longer than other worms ive kept. also, they are easy to find at night outside or at fishing stores for the lowest prices, sometimes a dollar a dozen.



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My tiger salamanders do not accept E.foetida and accept my axolotl appears only occasionally, however all of my salamanders accept L. terrestris well.



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I was using Red Earthworms, but have since switched to Canadian Night crawlers, they produce less slime coating and the axies apostle love them. And since I live in the Pacific Northwest they breed naturally here, I reckamend though to do research on the "Native" worms (types and defenses)



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Over where I live, we don't have anything but African nightcrawlers. Thats fine, since temperatures can get up to 45 degree's in the summer. They eat their weight in food weekly and breed so much that I'm considering selling or giving away some! They breed as fast as red wrigglers and get as big as europeans, so no hard feelings about living in a desert



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I keep my worms alive I tank with axolotl . (Substrate sand +bubblurs ). I voted for European Nightcrawler cause the can stay underwater ( with lots of air bubble stuck between the sand grains) doesn't fowl the water like red wiggler . I normally rinsed them with water till they stop casting first before put them in the tank with axolotl. They are smaller than Canadian Nightcrawler and easier for axolotl to grip and swallow.



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I use earthworms from lawns in a park,

autumn is a good season for hunting them, crowbar technic is very successfull !!!

tiger sals, axolotls, salamandra, tylototriton, laotriton love them !

I think they are the common Lumbricus terrestris...
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Default Re: Best type of earthworms for axolotls?

Does anyone subscribe to the theory that you can change the taste of the worms by what you feed them.

I havent bought my axolotl yet but I'm keen to know if my bin of worms will come in handy.

Banana skins, paper and Tea-bags make up the vast majority of what my worms eat.(Red Wrigglers)

But I did go through a phase of trying to fatten them up with white bread. It works - and I can only imagine that what they eat would influence their taste (to what extent I"m not sure).

What I have noticed in feeding Yabbies and goldfish is this - they dont love them at first - but they can acquire a taste for them after a while.

I do wash my worms in tap water before introducing them to the tank - but thats just to get the dirt off them - (not sure if washing them helps in the taste or not)

But long story short - fish and Yabbies may not initially show interest in Red wrigglers - but after a while they will happily munch them down.

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I like how a decent ammount chose the last option. "I am not sure what type I worms I am feeding. But they sure do love it!" as did I! cheers thanks for all the info and opinions guys!



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