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Old 4th May 2011   #1
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Question Axolotls/Necturus maculosus living in sin?

What's the rule of thumb about axxies and mudpuppies living together? Is this a no-no?



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Default Re: Axolotls/Necturus maculosus living in sin?

I would guess it's a no,no. Necturus are wild-caught, so you'd probably be introducing disease into your tank. I'm not sure about care requirements for mud-puppies, but mixing species is usually a bad idea.



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Default Re: Axolotls/Necturus maculosus living in sin?

Mudpuppies are pretty territorial, so I would advise against it.



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It would involve certain risks that you´re much better off avoiding entirely.



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Default Re: Axolotls/Necturus maculosus living in sin?

Thanks all, my oldest daughter was wondering about aquiring a mudpuppy. I have a few extra tanks so I think we'll just set it up in one of those. She asked me if they would be "boyfriend and girlfriend" but I honestly have no idea if those can crossbreed. I wouldn't want to mess up the axolotl bloodlines any worse than they already are, so I would be against that anyhow.



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Default Re: Axolotls/Necturus maculosus living in sin?

When I had a mudpuppy and an axolotl, there was a point (about 3 months) that I kept them together while I was replacing a tank. The main problem is that mudpuppy's are pretty aggressive about their territory and axolotls are pretty naive. So for the three months they were together my axolotl had a lot of bits on his tail. I imagine this was stressful for the axolotl.

I would strongly advise against it, but in a pinch it can be done. It requires a lot of hides and space for the two animals.

The two animals that I kept together were male axolotl and female mudpuppy. Then never showed any sign of interest in each other, nor would I suspect that they could interbreed.



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Default Re: Axolotls/Necturus maculosus living in sin?

Being from different families, the possibility of succesful crossbreeding is extremely remote if not completely impossible. Crossbreeding inside the same family is possible even between different genera (although this is largely dependent on several factors), but when you deal with different families, it´s just too big a difference.



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Default Re: Axolotls/Necturus maculosus living in sin?

I'm pretty sure that being new to caudata in general that I'm guilty of "they look alike so I guess they could". hehe

Not to worry, at lunch #1 daughter told me that she'd rather have a leucy since "they're just too cute!". #2 daughter wants a wild since "they have old-man dragon faces".



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Default Re: Axolotls/Necturus maculosus living in sin?

Even though they look alike, mudpuppies are pretty ferocious predators, while axolotls are ... they're not so bright.

I mean, mudpuppies are one of the few salamanders that happily inhabit waters with large fish in them. They eat minnows for breakfast!



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