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Old 12th July 2018   #1
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Unhappy Axolotlís Back Legs Are Red/Bloody Looking?

So I just came back from a short vacation and have noticed that my axolotl’s back legs look red and bloody, but seemingly not bloody on the outside and possibly just on the inside? I am very confused by this and I’d like to know if this is a long term/serious problem or if this is nothing to worry about. He shows no other signs of stress: his tail has not been curled, his gills have not been curled forward, he is active like usual, and he eats as much as usual. He did, however, get pretty pale and his gills turned white for a couple of hours after I changed his water when I got back from vacation but his colors are back now and I think it was just because he was adjusting to some colder water. Other than the red legs, he is perfectly fine, but I’m still really worried.
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Old 12th July 2018   #2
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Are there any other axolotls in the tank, or is he alone?



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Old 12th July 2018   #3
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That is red leg. A trip to the vet to get some antibiotics might help, but redleg is usually fatal in amphibians. There are not really any treatments you can do on your own, except maybe kanamycin but a trip to the vet would be much better. Redleg is basically septicemia, means there was something in the water.



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Are there any other axolotls in the tank, or is he alone?
Nope! Heís the only one



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That is red leg. A trip to the vet to get some antibiotics might help, but redleg is usually fatal in amphibians. There are not really any treatments you can do on your own, except maybe kanamycin but a trip to the vet would be much better. Redleg is basically septicemia, means there was something in the water.
Shoot, okay thatís sad to hear I donít have any exotic animal vets even remotely close to me, is there any chance he can pull out of it on his own or is he guaranteed to die basically?



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https://www.caudata.org/forum/showthread.php?t=111821

Here is someone else's story about their axies having red leg. It doesn't seem like there is much you can do, other than seeing a vet, and even then it may not help. They do talk about how to disinfect the tank so that may help you. Good luck, and do let us know of any changes.



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I’m really sorry that it happened. It isn’t really your fault, but an opportunistic infection that could have happened at any time. Kanamycin is an antibiotic you can get at a fish store that could help if a vet is not an option.



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Iím really sorry that it happened. It isnít really your fault, but an opportunistic infection that could have happened at any time. Kanamycin is an antibiotic you can get at a fish store that could help if a vet is not an option.
Okay, thanks a lot for the help and info anyways I really appreciate it



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Here is someone else's story about their axies having red leg. It doesn't seem like there is much you can do, other than seeing a vet, and even then it may not help. They do talk about how to disinfect the tank so that may help you. Good luck, and do let us know of any changes.
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