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Tiger Salamander & Axolotl (Ambystoma tigrinum, A. mavortium spp, etc.) The Tiger Salamanders and the Axolotl are so popular amongst hobbyists that they have been given their own topic. If you're particularly interested in the Axolotl, there is a large section of the forum devoted mainly to beginner Axolotl enthusiasts (not this topic).

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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #1
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Default A. Melanostictum?

Newly morphed individual, found him inside Eastern and Grey banded tigers. He was part of a fresh import shipment into China.
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Very intriguing! The third and fourth pictures make it look like the animal just has dull patterning, which doesn't seem that unusual for a metamorph, especially a tigrinum metamorph. But the first and second pictures show really well-defined fine reticulation. I've never seen anything like that. There's part of North Dakota where melanostictum and diaboli overlap (and I know that a lot of the mavortium in the pet trade come from ND); perhaps this could be an intergrade?



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Very intriguing! The third and fourth pictures make it look like the animal just has dull patterning, which doesn't seem that unusual for a metamorph, especially a tigrinum metamorph. But the first and second pictures show really well-defined fine reticulation. I've never seen anything like that. There's part of North Dakota where melanostictum and diaboli overlap (and I know that a lot of the mavortium in the pet trade come from ND); perhaps this could be an intergrade?
The first two pictures are new and were taken last week. The animal has been in my care for about 2 months



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These are much fresher pictures, taken this week. The animal has arrived in my collection for 2 months and are showing a beautiful reticulated pattern, as aforementioned.

The pictures of the animal in dull pattern bathing in the white bucket was taken on the day he arrived, now he has much more pattern.
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