No, this is normal, although this animal looks particularly Churchillian! Lots of newts develop larger labial regions when they become aquatic; it's to do with creating suction for feeding under water.
Thanks, both of you; it's the largest and most aquatic of my banded newt juveniles, and I hadn't seen the drooping jowels look on the others, so I was worried that it was caused by an infection. I have 8 of my own, plus 6 that I'm looking after for mr cyclone, so I'm sure there'll be a mix of genders. The others aren't as far along as that one, so I can't tell what they'll turn out to be yet.
This is the setup I use for my banded newts. It's outdoors (In Glasgow, Scotland), with acrylic covers to keep birds from eating the newts, and the newts are kept in the tank year-round. Filtration is provided by a an airlift running off of a central distribution manifold and pulling the water through a gravel-filled compartment. The gravel has a layer of cobbles on top to prevent it from being ingested by newts. The air pump is in the garage, and delivers air to the manifold via a garden hose, which is connected to the pump at one end and the manifold at the other with a liberal application of hot-melt glue.
The tank has a terrestrial section formed by a plastic box weighted with gravel and filled with coconut fibre. The side of the box near the base has been drilled and a length of 4mm PVC airline has been passed through and hot-melt glue has been used to seal around the airline to make the plastic box watertight again. The airline then connects to a similar piece of airline that passes through the wall of the overflow pipe in the aquatic section. This system allows the terrestrial area to freely drain when it rains, so it doesn't fill up and become waterlogged.
The plastic box rests on a pair of small plastic food containers which have had large holes cut in them to allow newts to pass in and out of them. This provides shelter for the newts, and also avoids the possibility of an anoxic region forming under the plastic box and poisoning the newts through a release of hydrogen sulphide gas.
I've noticed dropping jowls in my newts for years. It seems common amongst stout bodied newts. Most of my adult or subadult T. karelinii have had dropping jowls at some point in their lives. For me they developed the larger jowls during their 1st year as subadults when the temperatures start to drop. It seems the smaller ones in the groups develop the larger jowls that can last for 1-2 years.
Species I've had or have with enlarged jowls are T. marmoratus, T. karelinii, T artzeni, T. dobrogicus, C. orientalis, and maybe a couple others.
All 3 of my Triturus artzeni males had them their 1st year. The smallest out of the group still has his large jowls. I guess in some biological way he developed the jowls to compete with the larger males, assuming the jowls help the newt to eat more effectively.
Hi I recently rescued a lotl (i did weeks of research before rescuing) Hes mabey 5 or 6 years of age..the previous owner could not remember the exact age of him. I got him from her as he was or had been picked on by his tank mate another lotl who was bough with him from every younger age, I noticed one of his gills, a middle one at the end had split in two? And is slightly more floppy? He also appears or mabey I'm just over worried to mabey have lost some feathers, is that normal to lose some?...all levels in the tank are fine, but wondered if theres and advice anyone could give me as an experienced owner to a new one.
@Lanalotl Sounds like the gills may have been nipped by the tank mate. If he is in his own tank and the parameters etc are all good, then he should grow them back and they should go back to full health and strength. However, depending on how old the injury is they may not fully grow back if they have been constantly nipped at.
Can anyone tell me why this is happening? We just did a water change and after freaking out and whipping around the tank, an hour later they look like this. It won't let me send a pic. The edges of their gills are white and it looks like they have skin shedding off
It sounds like something went wrong with the water change, so this could be very dangerous. Did you use a dechlorinator? Could it be there are traces of chlorine or soap in the water? (Or for example, in the bucket you used?)
Normally, I would recommend taking them out of the tank asap and putting them in a tub with fresh water, but if there's something wrong with your tap water or dechlorinator, that might not help either. Do you have acces to bottled water or rain water?
I think my axie is dying, he’s never had any issues before, I’ve had him 3 years, today I noticed some fluffy looking stuff coming from his genital area so I took him out of his tank and did a full tank clean to make sure the water wasn’t infected as I thought it was fungus and then I noticed he had a cut on his belly which was only small about 5 hours ago and now it’s spread to all of his belly, what do I do I’m freaking out
Hi I have 2 4in juveniles (I’ve had them about 2 weeks and they are doing well I think they’ve grown a little already honestly) but I am supposed to go on a 5-6 day vacation in October about 3-4 months from now. I am wondering how I should go about their care when I am gone. I thought about putting them in separate (fairly big) containers with live plants and/or bubblers with a fan in the dark and either fridging them (my last plan) but I am hoping to to either have someone I trust come feed them and turkey baste waste out or just leave them out and clean the containers before we leave and have someone come check on them once or twice. Does any of this sound like a good or bad idea? I want the best for them. All help appreciated
Hi, so I have 2 male axolotls and about an hour ago they were both perfectly fine and now only one of them has his tail curling up and his gills are slightly curled?? But other than that they’re both acting normally
Does anyone have any idea how to help with high ammonia levels? I have the API freshwater master kit and everything else’s test results were great besides ammonia. I did a 50% water change and I use API products including ammonia lock.
Help! I got my first axolotl two days ago and they have stopped eating. They ate a few frozen blood worms the first day and haven’t eaten or been interested in food since. I feed them frozen blood worms and the tank is around 64 degrees. I do have a filter that moves sometimes and I noticed them swimming up to it, I have a new filter and a fan coming today or tomorrow. I leave the worms in the tank or a little bit before taking them out so I don’t know if they ate when I wasn’t looking. I know it takes a while for them to digest. Does anyone have any tips or knowledge they can share? The pet store I bought them from didn’t have gravel or sand in the tank so I’m not sure if theres an issue or if I’m just impatient. Thank you!
@MuggleMiChu I would say try live black/blood worms untell they are full or just turn there head away ( that's what mine do) if that does not work try to get some live brine shrimp and see if they eat that. baby axolotl prefer live food over frozen food as the frozen food is too cold for them or they can't eat it in one go( that's if you do the blocks) mine eat chopped up frozen thawed shrimp. as for them not eating from what I have experienced with my second axolotl, I got her when she was about an inch long and she ate every day, when they start getting 3-4 inches long they will gradually slow down there eating. and if you really want to do substrate I would do sand because if they do ingest a little bit it won't hurt them.
Thank you so much for the information and advice! They are eating again, they ate a lot today. I think it might have been stress from the move or digesting old food, I also noticed they ate some of the food left in the tank (I removed the rest). I’m going to keep the tank bare bottom.