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Why has my two year old axolotl always looked ragged?

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Question Why has my two year old axolotl always looked ragged?

I have had my axolotl for about two years.
I first heard about him when my friend saw him in a local reptile store by himself. Knowing I had recently lost my last one, she sent me a picture.
When I went and brought the little guy home, I noticed his tail had the appearance of being dragged on the ground. Very shabby looking. He also had a wonky gill branch that was missing some frill and a leg that was much smaller than his other legs.*Knowing about their regenerative properties, I figured everything would heal in time, but here nearly two years later, all that's healed is his leg. I'm not bothered by it, and he doesn't seem to be either. I think it adds some character. I'm just wondering if there's any defect I should be aware of that may effect his health, or the health of any offspring as I have been half considering breeding him.



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