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Old 8th June 2010   #2
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Default Re: Handling axolotls - good or bad?

Hi Debs,

Handling axolotls is not a good idea. We have natural oils in our hands that can damage their slime coat. If they lose their slime coat, even in a small area, it can make them much more susceptible to disease.

Whenever you have to put your hands in the tank, make sure they are soap, lotion, and perfume free. Only handle your axolotl out of necessity - due to an injury, disease, or tank transfer; and then make sure your hand is very wet, and do it for a very brief period. It is better to use your hand then a net, but if you can, encourage the axolotl into a small container to move it around. Take care.
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