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Question Axolotl color variation

Hello, i was just curious as in how is it that there are different colors in axolotls.
i read in on a website that its because they are hybrid mixed with ambystoma tigrinum.
is this true? also do axolotls every loose the gills?



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Default Re: Axolotl color variation

Axolotls very rarely morph into terrestrial salamanders, they are neotenic and stay aquatic unless treated with hormones to make them morph.

It is true that many generations ago a tiger salamander was used to intorduce the albino genes into the species, but our 'pet' axolotls are only very distantly related to these.

There are 5 main colours of axolotl: wildtype (green/brown), albino (pink/yellow with pale eyes), leucisitc (pink with black eyes), melanoid (grey/black) and copper (red-brown/orange). There is a very good section on axolotl.org, and I wrote an explanation for a Facebook group here.



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:O thanks alot than probably people in mexico confuse the axolotl with some other salamander i think it might be the ambystoma velasci, because i went to pet shops and they tried to sell me a salamander that sort of looked like an axolotl but didnt have the gills and was verry thin. and also if i have a wild type axolotl can he produce other types ? or will he always produce wild types?....thanks



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if you have a wild type Its offspring's can have all different coloring



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