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Axolotl Fungal Infection

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Hi! I have a Luecistic Female Axolotl called Frankie. I live in Australia and the temperature is quite hot here. Although it is slowly coming into Autumn/Winter I am quite worried about the temperature. The thermometer mostly says either 26º or 27º, but I think it may not be the most accurate thing. But even if the thermometer is wrong, Frankie has started getting a weird fungal infection on her gills. I’m worried it may have been caused from high temp or something else, and I’m even more worried that it might result in breathing problems which might result in death. Wow, lots of possible results there 😰. Even though I am joking around, this is a serious issue I am quite worried about and I could really use some help. 🥺
 

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Someone please walk her through how to do salt baths. This poor animal must be suffering 😔

Frankie, we're rooting for you!💙
 

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You were told in january that you were keeping your axolotl at a lethal temp. You have not addressed this and your axolotl is dying. Reduce its temp and it may recover if not its dead. How many people have to tell you this ? Your torturing this poor creature to death....
From picture it does seem that the Frankie has burn marks. I hope it's still alive too. She is adorable.
 

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Someone please tell us that Frankie is not only still alive but is improving and is no longer being cooked to death. She is so beautiful and innocent and I wonder what things are like for this creature.
 

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Hi! I have a Luecistic Female Axolotl called Frankie. I live in Australia and the temperature is quite hot here. Although it is slowly coming into Autumn/Winter I am quite worried about the temperature. The thermometer mostly says either 26º or 27º, but I think it may not be the most accurate thing. But even if the thermometer is wrong, Frankie has started getting a weird fungal infection on her gills. I’m worried it may have been caused from high temp or something else, and I’m even more worried that it might result in breathing problems which might result in death. Wow, lots of possible results there 😰. Even though I am joking around, this is a serious issue I am quite worried about and I could really use some help. 🥺
please don't ignore the advice given on this forum, your axolotl needs to be tubbed and fridged asap or you will in all likely hood lose her. until you can find a permanent means to keep her cool the fridge is the best place for her. we don't mean to sound like we are being judgemental when advice is given it is just that the matter is of utmost urgency as your axolotl is starting to rot because of the high temperature and is on the brink of death.
 

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please don't ignore the advice given on this forum, your axolotl needs to be tubbed and fridged asap or you will in all likely hood lose her. until you can find a permanent means to keep her cool the fridge is the best place for her. we don't mean to sound like we are being judgemental when advice is given it is just that the matter is of utmost urgency as your axolotl is starting to rot because of the high temperature and is on the brink of death.
My fear is that OP has been ignoring this thread since posting because little Frankie may have already been cooked to death. I hope that's not the case.😭
 

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It seems strange because Frankie isn't mine but I've fallen in love with her. Frankie, if you're still alive, I hope you are doing better and I also hope you get a new owner that can keep your tank temperatures lower for you.💙
 

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I asked a vet just now about the Frankie's prognosis and he said:
"[T]hat poor critter looks like it's been long term abused. I don't specialize in 'em but that looks like one that would be difficult to rehabilitate; not impossible but tricky."

Hoping Frankie is still with us and if she is, that she can be rehomed to an owner that will give her the care she deserves.
 

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Hi! I have a Luecistic Female Axolotl called Frankie. I live in Australia and the temperature is quite hot here. Although it is slowly coming into Autumn/Winter I am quite worried about the temperature. The thermometer mostly says either 26º or 27º, but I think it may not be the most accurate thing. But even if the thermometer is wrong, Frankie has started getting a weird fungal infection on her gills. I’m worried it may have been caused from high temp or something else, and I’m even more worried that it might result in breathing problems which might result in death. Wow, lots of possible results there 😰. Even though I am joking around, this is a serious issue I am quite worried about and I could really use some help. 🥺
Please let us know ASAP that the Frankie is okay and that you are no longer her owner.
 

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Hi! I have a Luecistic Female Axolotl called Frankie. I live in Australia and the temperature is quite hot here. Although it is slowly coming into Autumn/Winter I am quite worried about the temperature. The thermometer mostly says either 26º or 27º, but I think it may not be the most accurate thing. But even if the thermometer is wrong, Frankie has started getting a weird fungal infection on her gills. I’m worried it may have been caused from high temp or something else, and I’m even more worried that it might result in breathing problems which might result in death. Wow, lots of possible results there 😰. Even though I am joking around, this is a serious issue I am quite worried about and I could really use some help. 🥺
Ok, so I’m posting here to hopefully get your attention. I agree with Wolfen, your axolotl is literally rotting alive from the high temperature and improper care. It’s similar to sitting in a tub of boiling water or acid to them. I’m sorry if I come off as rude or mean, but it’s very frustrating and painful to see an axolotl in that state. If she’s even still alive, put her in a tub with clean dechlorinated water below 20c. You can put her in the fridge for this to happen, or use frozen water bottles and ice packs. Change the water daily, in the morning. Feed nightcrawlers at night.
 

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OP, I understand that you might be avoiding this forum either because the Frankie has died or because of our harshness toward you, however the fact that your axolotl was rotting away before your sight and you had just noticed it really bothers us. Further, here is a screenshot of what you yourself said about the temperatures back in December.
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This is actually considered animal cruelty under many Australian laws and you could actually be looking at very severe legal ramifications for your reckless endangerment of the Frankie. Most animal cruelty laws in Australia define exposing your animal intentionally to excessive heat as a form of animal cruelty. 24C is obviously excessive heat as you were aware back in December as your comment indicates, you knew the temperature was too high for an axolotl.

I don't know if you have a solid defense right now that you weren't torturing the Frankie animal. And if you happen to find an amphibiologist willing to defend you in an Australian court of law - as you could very well end up - then please let us know who he is.
 
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