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Question: Looking to get a axolotl

Kalicosray

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Hi, I am new here. I am extremely interested in axolotls and would like to get one. The problem is that i live in Maine. Anyone know if there are permits to allow them here or any way around this? I have a lot of experience with all types of aquarium setups and water types, it is more than just a hobby for me. If anyone can point me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it!
 

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A quick Google search suggests that axolotls are illegal to keep in Maine; it doesn't seem as if you can get a permit. You can try contacting the Maine department of fish and Wildlife: Fish and Wildlife in Captivity: Fish & Wildlife: Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife If you are an educator - you may be able to keep some at a school for 'education purposes'.

If you find that you can get a permit, then check out this link on the forum: For Sale USA Also, Wards Scientific sells them: Ward's® Live Mexican Axolotl (<i>Ambystoma mexicanum</i>)

Good luck and Happy New Year!
 

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I’m in the UK so we don’t have these laws preventing us from keeping them anywhere. Out of curiosity, what is the reason that certain states don’t allow them?
 

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It's really because irresponsible people release non-native animals into the wild.

In many cases, the animals simply perish. In other cases (far too many) the animals are well-adapted enough to a new environment, that they sometimes breed prolifically. In the absence of their normal predators, they can cause serious problems and wreak havoc on native ecosystems.

The list is a very long one: striped zebra mussels, pretty much everywhere, Asian carp in the Great Lakes, red-eared sliders pretty much everywhere, cane toads in Australia, Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades, brown snakes in the tropics, Nutria in Europe,...I could go on - just ask Hawaii! Islands are particularly vulnerable. And we are not even mentioning plants like Kudzu and 100's of others.

Then, there is a certain virus making its way around the globe...

I'll bet the UK certainly has restrictions on many species...or they should!

I wish you a Happy New Year!
 

Kalicosray

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Hi, I am new here. I am extremely interested in axolotls and would like to get one. The problem is that i live in Maine. Anyone know if there are permits to allow them here or any way around this? I have a lot of experience with all types of aquarium setups and water types, it is more than just a hobby for me. If anyone can point me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it!
Thank you for the info!
 
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    looks like the water is fine till tomorrow. which is nice. im super tired of late. ive been doing large water changes for a week before getting their 'tubs' i just wish i had the old filter ;3;
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  • Asholotl:
    you got a cooler :D Thats so cool! i normally chill their water down if it gets too warm with clean dechlorinated water when they were in their bigger tanks. i'll need to get one that can work with two tanks at some point. or find them for cheap and get two quiet ones. since im in an apartment.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Yea most coolers are super expensive though the price range is around $100-$500
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    yeah D:
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  • Asholotl:
    i need one before summer though so i should prob save up
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  • Asholotl:
    or its waterchanges and/or air fans for me.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Here its Hot like every day so we have to have the cooler :p
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  • The-Axolotl:
    But we also have a fan
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  • Asholotl:
    its just wet in oregon and cold most of the time.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    So good axolotl weather :p
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  • Asholotl:
    yeah, most of the time lol. its always cold in my room now cause of them.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Yea my room is freezing because of the axolotls xd
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  • The-Axolotl:
    The worst thing is my cat always jumps up next to the tank but good thing it has a lid 😁
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  • Asholotl:
    same D: my cat is constantly knocking over my bottles and stuff for my axolotls.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    One time he almost knocked over a whole bottle of tap water conditioner we just bought
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    haha. sounds like a cat
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  • The-Axolotl:
    I know right what is it with cats constantly knocking every thing over??
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  • Asholotl:
    And boxes. you can even tape a square on the floor and ive seen them go in it xD
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Haha 😂
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    im going to head off now, its 12 am now so i got to rest. :D nice talking with ya!
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    hey everyone - sorry for the inactivity. things have been really rough in my world the past few days, but i’m safe now. i should be back to my normal active self here soon :)
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  • axolotlnewtlover:
    the nitrites in my tank are so high omg
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Hello, I think my axie might have anchor worms, could someone please look at my thread its called 'rapidly growing strange things all over my axolotls' thanks- The-Axolotl
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  • axolotl nerd:
    @The-Axolotl, reading through your thread now, sorry i didn’t get a chance to welcome you yet!
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    axolotl nerd: @The-Axolotl, reading through your thread now, sorry i didn’t get a chance to welcome you yet! +1
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