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Old 11th January 2018   #1
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I brought my axolotl home from the pet store a couple of weeks ago. I noticed this little white bump on his side but didn't think too much of it. Now I'm realizing it could be something worth checking about. I've attached a photo of it. His slime coat is fine, and the bump doesn't look like cotton - more like a hard raised bump under the skin.

It doesn't look like it affects him at all - he's eating normally and is very active during the evening. Any ideas what it could be?
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Old 12th January 2018   #2
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Typically if its a bulge behind the leg such as the one your axolotl has, that just means that it is a male. Males develop bulges behind their back legs when they are maturing or are adults, and females won't develop the bulge. So it is perfectly normal :)



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Thanks for the reply! I'm more concerned about the small little bump between the front and the back legs. Its about halfway between - pretty hard to see with the photo I posted. He's pretty active so hard to get a good picture sometimes. Is this what you were referring to?



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Oh! Haha, I totally did not see that. I thought you were referring to the bump behind his leg. I have no idea, I would say since its not affecting him he should be okay. If you are concerned I will link a website that lists Axolotl illnesses and see if it says anything there, I am so sorry for the confusion, haha.

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Thanks! I'll check it out just to be sure.



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