Earthworms give axolotl parasites?

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I've heard earthworms are the a good food source ? Is there any chance of these worms giving axolotls parasites or internal worms ?? And is it ok to get them at bait store or are they chemically enhanced to grow faster ?? ... I jus need some reassurance thankyou
 

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I believe the only chemically enhanced worm is literally a green color, which is something to make the worm attractive to fish while fishing and would the toxic to any kept pet. The only other concern would be pesticides, but I've read this more when looking around your home. Many people get the from bait shops, I get mine from the bait area at Walmart.
 

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In theory, any live food could give your animal a parasite or some other pathogen. It's unlikely though. With regards to the bait shop, some have chemicals added to them, people on here often find 'glowing' earthworms. I'd say you can find some in your garden/yard.
 

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I don't like baitworms because they are sometimes manure fed. I like my good homegrown. I don't think Belgian earthworms celebrate Thanksgiving but mine had a healthy portion of pumpkin today.

Some nematodes that earthworms carry are not parasitic to axolotls. The nematodes will pass through the axolotls digestive system without infesting the axolotl. The same thing can happen with crickets. You might detect parasites in a salamanders stool that are not parasitic to the salamander. They were just parasitic to the salamanders food.
 
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