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Sexing & breeding?

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I recently purchased two axolotls. They haven't been shipped yet, but I've been told they're too young to tell the sex. At what point should I separate them? Is it safe to wait until I know if they're a boy & girl or same sex? I don't want them to accidentally breed. Is it possible for them to breed before I can determine the sex?



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You can usually tell sex at around a year. If you have a male, they develop a large bump at the base of the tail.



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You can usually tell sex at around a year. If you have a male, they develop a large bump at the base of the tail.
Thanks but I already knew that. My question was about whether or not I should separate them since I don't know the gender...



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Axolotls aren't usually sexually mature until at least 12 months up to 16 months old. If you are concerned about not wanting them to breed I would separate them at about 7-8" long. Some axolotls mature faster than others, so age isn't the best determination, size is best.



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