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Default Normal Coloration for Axolotl? Gravel Ingestion?

I just brought home my first axolotl, a GFP lucy from a local breeder I met through FB. I noticed s/he has a greenish underbelly. Is this normal for a GFP axolotl?

I am concerned because when cleaning her tub today I noticer a small hard stone in her poop. It is bright blue-green and looks to me like aquarium gravel. There is no way I can think of that she could have ingested gravel since I got her. This made me worry that I might be seeing ingested gravel and not normal color.

Additionally, she has some pink marks on her tail. I at first assumed they were normal, but I want to make sure the marks are not from ammonia burn or something like that.
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Default Re: Normal Coloration for Axolotl? Gravel Ingestion?

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I just brought home my first axolotl, a GFP lucy from a local breeder I met through FB. I noticed s/he has a greenish underbelly. Is this normal for a GFP axolotl?

I am concerned because when cleaning her tub today I noticer a small hard stone in her poop. It is bright blue-green and looks to me like aquarium gravel. There is no way I can think of that she could have ingested gravel since I got her. This made me worry that I might be seeing ingested gravel and not normal color.

Additionally, she has some pink marks on her tail. I at first assumed they were normal, but I want to make sure the marks are not from ammonia burn or something like that.
Those are the axolotl's intestines, stomach, and other organs.



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Default Re: Normal Coloration for Axolotl? Gravel Ingestion?

Based on other pictures of GFP axies under regular lighting, the green tinge is normal. However, the gravel may be from whoever previously housed her. I'd just keep an eye on her and see if there's any more- as long as she's eating and passing stool normally I wouldn't worry! I don't know about the pink tail marks, though- best of luck!



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Default Re: Normal Coloration for Axolotl? Gravel Ingestion?

Thank you for your response! Unfortunately, since then she has passed another 3 pieces of gravel, so it seems likely it was an issue with the previous owner. I will continue to keep an eye on her.



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