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Axolotl Not Eating, Losing Weight

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Hey all,
One of my axies suddenly lost her appetite after I introduced crickets into their diet. She won't even touch the pellets she used to love anymore. It's been about a week and a half, shes lethargic and visibly losing weight. I've tried tempting her with bloodworms but she only ate one bite.
I'm worried about her and I don't know what could have caused this or how to fix it.
Please help!!!



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Well, lets start with, How big is your axolotl? How many crickets did you feed her?

Crickets are not suggested because axolotls cannot digest the chitin of their shells. This can lead to an impaction, blockage, floating, loss of appetite, stress, etc.

If she cannot pass them I would try putting her in a tub of cold clean dechlorinated water and possibly think about fridging her for a day or so to see if that helps.

I do know some people here feed crickets, mealworms, pinkies, beef, chicken, tuna, etc.... Personally I do not. I feed pellets and earthworms with an occasional addition of some bloodworms (as a treat, not as a meal).

I hope this helps! And I hope your little one gets better soon. :-)



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Thank you for getting back to me!
Both my axies are about six inches in length.
Knowing it could be a blockage now, I am going to fridge her immediately.
I'll keep you updated.
Again, thank you so much!



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