Axoltol choking?

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hi guys! I’ve had my axoltol (toothpick) since October, and she is about 11 months (according to breeder) and about 8-9 inches if I were to take a guess.I finally was able to get earth worms, specifically night crawlers, to feed her, and I just have a few concerns.
I fed her a very long (thin, wasnt thick) worm, thinking that it was smaller then it actually was (it stretched out a lot in the water). If I were to guess it looked maybe an inch longer than her full body? Tooth went straight for it and got about half of it down with ease, but the other half was sticking out. I actually ended up cutting the worm in half in the tank because I got really worried that she would choke.
She ended up going back for the other side of the worm! And eating it all! I was shocked.
Anyways, now she’s just sitting at the front of her tank not moving. Her gills are perfectly fine (not curled) and her tail his straight, no signs of destress, but she’s just kinda sitting there which is kinda abnormal for her. She’s pretty active for her age.
I was wondering if I should be concerned? She’s still reacting to me coming near the tank and stuff and it even seems like she is “looking” for more food. Is she just sitting there digesting and enjoying her amazing meal? (I was giving her bloodworms and pellets before, so I’m sure an earthworm was a nice upgrade)
Just love my girl so much and want to make sure she’s ok! I also now know to cut the worms before if it’s too long, not sure why I didn’t, but you learn from your mistakes :D
 

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i once did the same thing with one of my axies. how long has toothpick been sitting there? my axie sat there for about 4hours then went back to normal. there where no problems. have you got any idea what type of worm it was? did the water suddenly change temp? if it did the axolotls will usually just sit there for a while then go back to normal. has toothpick done a poo recently?
 

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i once did the same thing with one of my axies. how long has toothpick been sitting there? my axie sat there for about 4hours then went back to normal. there where no problems. have you got any idea what type of worm it was? did the water suddenly change temp? if it did the axolotls will usually just sit there for a while then go back to normal. has toothpick done a poo recently?
hi! Thank you so much for responding. She is doing better now, he pooped this morning and now seems back to himself. Think the worm was just a tad too big! The worm was just a night crawler, and temp has been sitting at a solid 62. I think she is fine from what I can tell, I’ll update if anything changes :)
 
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She's just digesting her food, some times they sit and half to digest a big meal, my Ling does that to, and as for the sitting with it out of her mouth she's just chewing the worm.😀
 

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hi! Thank you so much for responding. She is doing better now, he pooped this morning and now seems back to himself. Think the worm was just a tad too big! The worm was just a night crawler, and temp has been sitting at a solid 62. I think she is fine from what I can tell, I’ll update if anything changes :)
thats good to hear. :)
 
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