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Old 23rd May 2012   #1 (permalink)
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So I visited my friend in the next city up and popped into her local pet shop and to my surprise they had a GIGANTIC axolotl.
I know they can grow big but this was huge and I so wish now that I'd taken a picture and you can bet I will when I visit next Wednesday. Id say easily 25cm possibly even 30cm long and 9cm Tall with huge feet. I knew they grew big but is this not a giant?
I so wanted to bring her home, she was a gorgeous wild type!
What is the biggest Axolotl you've ever seen?



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there's a leucistic one at crystal palace reptiles that most be a foot long and is built like a marrow



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awwww i wish u had taken a pic id love to see her!



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7 inches... Wait..Are we talking about axolotls?

Just kidding, but honestly I've never seen one in person. I was shocked when mine came in at 3 inches and were so tiny. They seem so much bigger in pictures and because I was told they get to be 16 inches, I was expecting something huge.



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LeFarge, marrow would have been the perfect description of this one too lol i was gobsmacked, Im already worrying about what the giant must eat
Axolotl lvr Ive no doubt she will still be there when I go next Wednesday so pictures will be uploaded when I get home Im kicking myself for not taking any!
imzunicorn my 2 are about 7" now and about 8 month old and thought wow these guys are growing quick at this rate ill be upgrading my tank every few month then I seen the giant and thought if my 2 grow this big my Mr will have a fit as he is weary of them at this size haha
She was so cool!



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I currently have two males that are 10 inches tip of nose to tip of tail. My female is only around 7 inches nose to tail and has a much smaller body (when not full of eggs), legs and tail than the mails.

When people give measurements I wonder if they mean nose to vent or nose tip to tail tip. I believe a proper measurement is supposed to be tip of nose/snout to their vent.

I personaly prefer to give a total length that way they sound larger, what man doesnt like to sound larger, I digress sorry.

I am hoping I can grow some of my recent hatches up to be 12-16 inches.



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Dr0gr1n it was just an estimate and it was from nose tip to tail tip I'm thinking of something to hold in front of the tank to get a scale like a Biro ? It wasn't so much the length but the girth it was just so tall and fat !



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I have a female that is about 14". She is a BEAST, she's about the size of my forearm. Her tank mate is huge too, probably right around 12".



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Wowsa Hayden,

Do you have any pictures with something to show scale? Id love to see them!
Id really love my two to grow that big, Can I ask how often and what you feed your girls now they are so big, Ive been thinking about it for days now thinking how big of a worm can I grow haha



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I can try to get a few pics later. I think it was largely genetics, and I got them started on chunks of nightcrawlers at a very young age. Right now, they each eat a nightcrawler once every three days, but I feed my younger ones smaller food once a day. I will be breeding them next season, so it'll be interesting to see if they produce supersized babies.



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Hi guys I'm afraid I couldn't get the the shop in the next town to get a photo of the giant but I did buy some lovely plants from my local shop for my new tank, I'm about to post a pic on my "new baby's Alice and Milo" thread (in tank set ups I think) if anyone's interested



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