Baby axolotl with a broken tail

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So this may sound a little odd, but I have accidentally broken the tail of one of my 3 week old axolotl babies. I was doing a water change and accidentally dropped one baby onto my dresser (not a big drop, more like barely an inch or two), I went to pick it up and ended up pinching its tail to the point where it was nearly snapped off. The baby didn't seem too distressed about it and there is only a tiny bit of blood, but I can tell that the tail bone is either completely or mostly severed. I added a bit of Indian almond leaf to its container right away to stop any infection, but I'm wondering if I should leave it alone and hope it heals or cut the tail entirely off and just let it grow a new one.

Does anyone have any advice? This baby in question has very nice markings and long gills, so I'd really like it to survive.

Here are some pictures of the little one. The tail is being held pretty straight but you can see where the break is.
 

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Axies are known for their regenerative abilities, so it's probably doing a decent job "stitching" that tail back on. Also, before 7 months of age, they also have very little true bone in their bodies, so I wouldn't be too worried about it growing back crooked. Make sure you continue to watch the baby closely for any signs of infection, but as long as it doesn't get infected, you should be ok :)
 
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    @Chelsea smith All of the plants you've listed can be kept without substrate. Plants with rhizomes cannot be submerged in substrate, as burying the rhizome will cause the plant to suffocate and rot. You can pin these plants under on onto decoration, rocks, etc., just be careful that the rhizome is not in substrate. Moss balls and floating plants, naturally, do not need substrate either. Do note that floating plants require a good amount of light.
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    Hi guys, I have an 11 month old axoltol who is about 9 inches long. She normally is a pig when it comes to food. I switch between pellets and night crawlers, and sometimes blood worms if she had a big meal the day before. Anyways, I went to go feed her a night crawler today, and she wouldn’t eat it! She turned her head and went to the corner. I noticed that when I cut this worm it seems to release a lot more goop then other worms I’ve cut, I tried to wash it off the best I could with cold water. Do you think maybe she didn’t want to eat it because of that? She normally will eat anything in front of her face. Water perimeters are perfectly normal by the way, and temp is at a steady 63 degrees F.
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  • Paige1warren:
    Also, she looks perfectly fine. Tail is straight, gills aren’t curled, no fungus or anything. It’s probably no big deal, it’s just unusual behavior for her so it really caught my eye. Love my girl and want to make sure everything’s ok.
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    what kind of food is best for newt and salamander?
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    food
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    @Paige1warren Do you feed her everyday? An axolotl of that age should be fed every other day.
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    Hi all. Experiencing issues of white fungus on my axolotl, can anyone help? I made a thread I can plug as well for more info
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    @madcaplaughs, I switch between either a worm or pellets every other day, and on the days in between I give a half cube of frozen blood worms as a snack. Should I stop doing this? She still seems kind of lethargic and I haven’t seen a poop from her in a couple days. Worried that she’s impacted or bloated or something.
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    How old is your axolotl? Once they reach around 1 1/2 to 2 years you only feed them once a day. She may just be backed up. With mine, I've been lucky enough that she hasn't gotten constipated, but whenever she doesn't poop, I just feed her like usual and she normally poops when she is ready. Maybe just feed a worm or pellets every other day, and hopefully she works it out. Good luck!
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    Also I may not be spot on so I would research it if nothing is working
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    Also my babies are just starting to eat bloodworms, since they started to nibble each other's tails. They eat them happily, but 2 out of four don't poop. They are still active and take the food readily. Should be worried or just let them figure it out? If anyone has any suggestions that would be great. Thanks!
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    @Val_the_axolotl_, she will be a year old in Feb. I normally just feed her once a day, switching back and forth between a more filling food and a lighter food. She has just seemed sort of uninterested in food the past 2 days. She will eat pellets, but not earthworms or bloodworms. She also seems rather uninterested in me, which is sort of weird. We had this thing where every morning I would go up to her tank and put my finger up to the tank and she would come waltzing over and put her nose where my finger is. (I know it’s cuz she associates me with food, but I found it so cute). But the past couple days she hasn’t been doing that, and sometimes turns and hides when I come near the tank. It’s really weird, like I scared her or something? I’m just not sure what I would’ve done to scare her :(
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    also @Val_the_axolotl_ for your question I don’t think you should worry yet if they are still active and taking the food. I would only be concerned if they stopped taking the food or became lethargic. I remember when I got my axie she was fairly young, I don’t remember how long but she didn’t poop right away. I remember getting so excited to see poop for the first time! (I was worried... lol)
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    Hi sorry guys, if anyone sees this it’s urgent. My axie just started like... coughing??
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