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What colour is my axi?

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I have just bought an axolotl and I am a little unsure about the colours.
I have done some research but I am confused over the whole black/melanoid/non-melanoid, can anyone shed some light?
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You have a WildType Axolotl.
He/She is very Beautiful ! <3 Good luck with your new addition !
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Yeah, a melanoid would just be solid black. With all those speckles, you've got yourself a wildtype. Just like mine! It's neat, cuz that how they originally looked in the wild, before we started breeding weird colours out of them. :) Imagine him lurking around on the bottom of a lake, snapping at passing worms. He'd fit right in!
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thank you both so much! The guy at the pet shop said he thinks she is a she! She is only 6 months, so I am going to research how to sex them and check again in a few months, once she has matured more :)

So a question again about the melanoids, I've heard you can get non-melanoid blacks, so do you know the difference between melanoid and non-melanoid-black?
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thank you both so much! The guy at the pet shop said he thinks she is a she! She is only 6 months, so I am going to research how to sex them and check again in a few months, once she has matured more :)

So a question again about the melanoids, I've heard you can get non-melanoid blacks, so do you know the difference between melanoid and non-melanoid-black?
I'm not sure you could find an entirely black non-melanoid, but if they exist, the only difference would be that non-melanoids would have a shiny ring around the pupil, where melanoids do not.
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Yeah, a melanoid would just be solid black.
Not always. I recently picked up a gorgeous grey melanoid with little black spots. Easiest way to tell is to look for the shiney ring around the eyes.
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Ooohhh, grey melanoid with spots sounds gorgeous! My bad...
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And not all melanoids are dark. You can have melanoid albinos and melanoid leucistics too.
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Not always. I recently picked up a gorgeous grey melanoid with little black spots. Easiest way to tell is to look for the shiney ring around the eyes.
She has a lighter ring round her pupils, so does that mean she is a melanoid wild type?
What does it mean if she IS melanoid?
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Shes just a wild type.
Thats not a throw away comment as she's gorgeous.

In better words she's non melanoid.

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Thanks :) It's good to know these little things :) My brother got a leucistic one before christmas, but he doesn't even know what colour it is. I like to spend the time researching though, I find them fascinating :)
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