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Axolotl metamorphosis?

symital

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I read on wikipedia that the axolotl is neotenic and needs an iodine injection to undergo metamorphosis. So my question is what happens in this stage? What does it look like after it's done? Is this a common practice? Please show pictures if you have any.
 

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Hi,

No, thankfully, it is not common practice and hopefully never will be. These injections are very stressful and the animals are doomed to shorter lives. Another member discovered a batch recently, read HERE. There is also mention of morphing at the bottom of this page.

Hope this answers any questions. They do look kind of cool but part of my original interest in axolotls was peaked when I learned that they remained in larval form. My stand is if you want a morphed version, there are many other sals who do this naturally. ;)
 

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This page talks about metamorphosis in the later part of the first paragraph, but information wise, it's not very detailed.
But it does have two really nice pictures of metamorphosed axolotls about halfway down the page.

But I prefer my axolotls to stay just the way they are :happy:

Kim
 

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Thanks everyone. I learned everything I set out for. I think I would prefer the axolotl stage, the morphed ones are not as cute and I like the idea that they live longer.
 
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