The longest running Amphibian Community on the Internet.

Tags Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Caudata.org Store

Notices

Introductions Area Where new members introduce themselves.

Reply

 

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 3rd August 2019   #1
BattiBetti
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 1
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: BattiBetti is an unknown quantity at this point
Exclamation HELP!! Axolotl body spasms

Hey,

I got two juvenile Axolotls a couple of weeks ago, a male wild type(HBK) and a female leucistic(Calico) and so far they've been doing ok. However last night I gave them a meal and shortly after finishing up Calico went flying from one side of the tank to the other with her body contorting and writhing unaturally around for about 5 seconds. After that her head was twitching when she was trying to swim.and for about half an hour she seemed uncharacteristically mellow and mopey and just wasn't herself. After that she perked back up, I've been keeping an eye on her all day today and she's been her usual self except she's been hanging out by the filter more than she tends to.

She's a dopey axolotl and sometimes manages to get herself stuck in corners and wriggles around and contorts trying to get out but this was completely different and I was terrified she was having a fit. She seems to be constipated and her cloaca is a little red and swollen but I'm not sure what to do about this?? I've heard about fridging but I'm unsure about this plus we're staying away for a night and following that are having a few long days out and so won't be able to keep a close eye on her. I've been testing the water and there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with it.

We also went to the pet shop we got her from today and they weren't much help, all they said was to try relieving the constipation by feeding them live food(we've been feeding them frozen bloodworms and prawns) so we fed them some live shrimps when we came home. The woman there suggested that the twitching episode from yesterday could be a result of her trying to go to the toilet and trying to push too hard and freaking out. Aside from this they've been perfectly happy relaxed axolotls.

Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong with her and if it's anything serious?? I'm really scared for her.




Last edited by BattiBetti; 3rd August 2019 at 15:53. Reason: left some info out
BattiBetti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th August 2019   #2
Hayley
(Hayleyy)
Prolific Member
 
Hayleyy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 1,214
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 1
Rep: Hayleyy is a well respected, valued and knowledgeable member of Caudata.orgHayleyy is a well respected, valued and knowledgeable member of Caudata.orgHayleyy is a well respected, valued and knowledgeable member of Caudata.orgHayleyy is a well respected, valued and knowledgeable member of Caudata.orgHayleyy is a well respected, valued and knowledgeable member of Caudata.orgHayleyy is a well respected, valued and knowledgeable member of Caudata.org
Default Re: HELP!! Axolotl body spasms

Sometimes axies will get bursts of energy and swim around the tank quickly, one of mine likes to do it. It can be normal but it's always good to rule out anything bad.
If you can get some I would recommend live worms as a food source. Frozen bloodworms aren't super nutritious and prawns are more of a treat. Nightcrawlers are a great option.
What temperature is your tank? How long has it been since you have noticed it's pooped? Is it eating okay? I've read some people use wax worms dipped in olive oil to help constipation. I haven't done this myself though.



Hayleyy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
axolotl, constipated, seizure, sick

Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads

Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Axolotl Spasms Haileyasfar Sick Axolotl? 1 22nd April 2019 14:44
Spasms, shaking and floating? RoreyRoreyRorey Pipidae: African Clawed Toads, Surinam Toads & Aquatic Frogs 2 30th August 2018 00:03
Baby Axolotl Curved Spine & Spasms? axolotltime Newt and Salamander Help 2 2nd October 2017 22:53
My axolotl has red spots on it's body T_T help pls!! jeromeetabuzo Sick Axolotl? 26 12th November 2012 11:12
Floating and Spasms Jacquie Sick Axolotl? 6 19th May 2008 05:10


All times are GMT. The time now is 05:22.