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Old 6th August 2005   #1
lauren
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I got a new wildtype yesterday! His name is Ichiro, and he is around 3" long.
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Old 6th August 2005   #2
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nice tank and very nice colour on that axie



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Old 7th August 2005   #3
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Very odd color... I don't think I have ever seen yellow that bright on axolotl larvae.



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Old 7th August 2005   #4
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Thanks Dev and Cynthia. I've been searching all over the web to find one that looks like this to get some inkling to what his adult pattern will be (I've never had a wildtype before). Right now, it looks more like the adult a. andersoni pattern!



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Old 9th August 2005   #5
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Ichiro looks very happy Click the image to open in full size. posing in 1st photo. I like his colouring & his home looks good. Well done Lauren.



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Old 9th August 2005   #6
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Thanks, Ros. Here is his set-up. It's a 20L.

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His tankmate (a leucistic) is arriving tomorrow. The supplier forgot to ship them together, so it will be a reunion.



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Old 9th August 2005   #7
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Cool coloring for an axie! Is that an axie? Because it looks like it only has 3 toes upfront and I can't see how many in the back.



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Old 9th August 2005   #8
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Thanks, Grant - He does have 4 toes up front, it's just that he's so small that the tips are nearly transparent. Click the image to open in full size. I saw one from the same batch that had more normal coloring, so I guess this little guy just got lucky.



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Old 9th August 2005   #9
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That is a beautiful axie. I love the coloration. I wonder, with so many people now breeding them as a hobby, if more patterns might crop up. I mean, we've taken wolves to chihuahuas and St. Bernards - what limits can we take axies to - especially with their odd genetic makeup. Stripes? Bright colors like blues, reds and purples? Extra limbs? Extra eyes? I wonder how many generations you would need?



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Old 9th August 2005   #10
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Hey, I just saw the bowl! I was thinking of having a bowl for them to eat out of - does that work?



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Old 9th August 2005   #11
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feeding bowls are really important if there is small gravel in the tank because the axolotls can be trained to look for food in the dishes and eat out of them and avoid nasty gravel dinner. Pretty much any flat house hold dish can be used. Avoid using metal bowls that could change the water quality. Also avoid ceramic dishes that have led base glazes. A lot of ceramic objects are painted with led based ceramic paint. Eating dishes shouldn't normally have this problem.



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Old 9th August 2005   #12
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Eric - He's still in early training, so he doesn't realize that food only comes in the bowl (it tends to fall between the gravel otherwise). But he does scrounge for the pellets when he happens upon the bowl, so I think he'll get the point soon. The bowl is a soy sauce bowl from a local Japanese store.

As for breeding - they did a genetic crossing study with lab axolotls, Mexico City axolotls, and Tiger salamanders to determine the genes for neoteny. They found that the metamorphosis genes that were linked in the lab axolotls were not connected at all in the wildtype. This means that the nearly 100% neoteny seen in lab axolotls is itself an artificial feature! A lot more wild axolotls spontaneously transform.

So the pets we have are well on their way towards being a true distinct pet species, so who knows what is possible? Most of the color variations in the Leopard Gecko appeared only in the last few years - so it wouldn't take that long to find new patterns if someone really tried.



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Old 9th August 2005   #13
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Axiescan come in tons of different colors that are outside of the normal. I have seen one that was a dark blue color with a blue bottom half. I've also seen quite a few odd ones that lok leustic but have certain spots that are any number of different colors.



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Old 9th August 2005   #14
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You made a good choice - Ichiro's home Lauren & it's well set up. I'm looking forward to seeing Ichiro's tankmate in there too.
Regards, Ros



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Old 9th August 2005   #15
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Thanks, Ros. It will probably be a few months before my new one, Shiro, is in there. I can just see Ichiro mistaking him for a pellet!



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Old 9th August 2005   #16
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awww!!!! Click the image to open in full size. Click the image to open in full size.



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Old 11th August 2005   #17
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ohhh he's a cutie Click the image to open in full size.



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