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Ambystoma andersoni (not an axolotl)

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I finally took borrowed a flash and took some pictures with my new camera. It looks like I need to clean the glass a little better. This is a picture of one of my Ambystoma andersoni breeders.
 

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Re: Ambystoma andersoni

larvae
 

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Re: Ambystoma andersoni

Beautiful Axie.

As the title suggests, I believe that the animal in the photos is actually Ambystoma andersoni and not an axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum). It is beautiful though.
 

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Re: Ambystoma andersoni

It's weird seeing an axolotl lookalike without long pointy toes. Very good! How do you find the new camera Michael? Did you get a Nikon?
 

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I got a Nikon D40 as a gift. I like it but need a flash and probably macro flash bracket and a different lens...
Here's another picture with the eye focused a little better.
 

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What a sweet shot! Very beautiful A. andersoni indeed, thanks for sharing Michael. It isn't very often you see pics of these guys.

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The andersoni certainly look great, Michael! Thanks so much for sharing- there can't be many photos of larval andersoni.
 

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I'm glad to see you got a camera, Michael;)
 

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The parents are young adults. They are about 8" long. I expect they will grow larger than axolotls. Some of my older adult axolotls are larger than my young adult Ambystoma andersoni.
 

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Here is a picture of some Ambystoma andersoni eggs in a yarn spawning mop.
 

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Here's a picture of some of the Ambystoma andersoni at about 3 months from hatching.
 

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The gills on the larvae are amazing! They apear very densly branched. Beautiful Mr. Shrom.
 

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Very nice photos Michael. I'm curious about the proportion of metamorphs you have - how likely is one to metamorphose?
 

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Very nice photos Michael. I'm curious about the proportion of metamorphs you have - how likely is one to metamorphose?

I've only raised my juveniles to 3 months old. It's to early to tell. Out of the 9 subadults I purchased all reached maturity without metamorphosing. I did purchase one adult that had metamorphosed before I received it. My guess so far is they are not apt to metamorphose unless overfed or kept in poor water quality. That is just a guess.
 
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