Caudate Illness Part 3: Illness Photographs


The photos below show specific symptoms or illnesses in newts, salamanders, and axolotls. For more information about illnesses and treatments, see Caudate Illnesses and Treatments. If you have a photo to contribute, please Contact us.

dessicated newts Escape
Following escape from a tank, it is common to never find the body. If found, they usually look like this. A lucky few are found soon enough to still be alive. To prevent escape, see Preventing Escape.
newt with bloat Bloat
Adult Ambystoma texanum with advanced bloat. For more information, see Bloat in Newts.
newt with bloat Bloat
Larval newt with advanced bloat. As can be seen here, bloat is the accumulation of fluid in the body cavity.
xray of axolotl with rocks in stomach Ingestion
Axolotls will swallow gravel and rocks from their enclosure. This X-ray demonstrates just how large of an object they can swallow. For details about this case, see forum thread.
emaciated newt Emaciation
Cynops pyrrhogaster (Japanese firebelly newt) with advanced emaciation. The animal shown here died the following day.
Tylototriton shanjing with sore on head Sore
Tylototriton shanjing with an open sore on top of the head. These kinds of sores are common on newly-imported Tylototritons.
Axolotl with prolapsed cloaca Prolapse
Axolotl with a prolapse of the cloaca.
Fire bellied newt with mouth rot Mouth rot
Fire bellied newt with mouth rot. In advanced stages, the throat is swollen and the animal is unable to close its mouth.
abcess of the parotoid gland Abcess
Taricha granulosa with an abcess of the parotoid gland.
newt with tumor under the mouth Tumor
Cynops orientalis with a tumor. The newt lived for several years with a tumor on the underside of the mouth. It was examined by a vet and determined to be a hard growth. When photographed, the tumor had enlarged, probably due to infection.
newt with shiny skin The shine
Taricha granulosa with 'the shine'. Note that the skin is abnormally shiny, and despite the newt having a good weight, the spine and ribs are showing. This newt died a few days after the photo was taken.
newt with shiny skin The shine
Tylototriton shanjing with 'the shine' and partial emaciation. Compare the shiny skin of this animal to the granular texture of healthy T. shanjing. This sign of poor health is common in newly-imported Tylototritons. Animals often recover from this problem if kept cool and terrestrial and fed well.
newt with fungus over leg Fungus
Neurergus strauchii with leg covered in fungus. The origin of the problem was not observed, but the leg probably suffered some injury prior to becoming infected.
Taricha with blood in eye Blood in eye
This Taricha granulosa had apparent blood in the eyes. Both eyes were affected, and there had been no trauma or infection prior to this. The condition went away on its own. See forum thread.
axolotl gill fungus Gill infection
Axolotl with infection of gills. See forum thread.
blister on newt Blister
Taricha granulosa with blister. When drained by a vet, no bacteria were found in the fluid. The newt recovered. See forum thread.
partial bloat Edema
Ambystoma texanum found in the wild with selective bloating (edema). Only the neck and legs are swollen, while the abdomen is normal. The symptoms are probably caused by a blockage of the lymphatic system, possibly due to an infection. A similar case was seen in a captive in this forum thread.
leg injury Leg injury
This paddletail newt was injured in the pet shop, probably by a tankmate. Despite the protruding bone, the leg did heal and regrow without intervention. View original Forum Thread.
parasite in eye Internal parasite
This Tylototriton newt has an internal parasite (nematode), visible in the eye. View original Forum Thread.

NOTE: Similar looking worms are common in aquariums and in terrarium substrates, but these do not usually indicate parasitic infections! See Aquarium Invaders.


Related Articles

Caudate Illness Part 1 has additional information, resources and links about treating amphibian illnesses.
Caudate Illness Part 2 has accounts and anecdotes contributed by readers.
Photos of Sick Axolotls at the Axolotl Sanctuary.

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