Pirate's mother did lay some eggs that were bunched together like that, mostly just 2 embryos per membrane though. The female that produced my latest chimeras ( http://www.caudata.org/forum/showthread.php?t=59787 ) on the other hand, did not lay any multiples like that.
I know this is old, but would just like to update. Pirate is alive and well and living with a couple out in Iowa. I'll see about getting some pics up soon. I wish I had taken more pictures of her underside to show her black belly!
This has been posted a long time ago and you might know now why this is by now
Your axie ist a classic chimera. This occurs when two parts of two different axies fuse in the very early stages of cell development. It's like siamese twins, but exactly 50-50. That is why its gills are not the same on both sides. They would have belonged to two different axolotls, one with long gills and one with short ones.
In Germany, there are more and more chimeras. It seems that there are some lines that produce them more often than others, so there seems to be some hereditary element to this.
Absolutely incredible - I'd love to see more as time goes on . What a stunning creature - makes me wonder if we'd get wild axies like this if we had let the population have its lakes rather than drain and channel them into a critically endangered species..... *sigh*
Pirate is one CRAZAY looking axie... and all I can say is... I want one!!! haha
He looks incredible.
I was thinking the other day - canaries get fed dyes to change their colour... I wonder if axies could do the same thing? on pirate it could be one side red, one side green for christmas! haha
OBVIOUSLY I'M JOKING! Don't dye your axies. It's just not friendly.
It’s very dry in Colorado. I make sure to spritz every night so while I’m sleeping. I have a nifty hydrometer that I got from Walmart. It tells me blue, green, red; too little humid, good, too much respectively. It’s been helpful to me.
Hey y'all, recently my juvenile axolotl's tail has been floating and can swim down but his tail lifts to an angle and I believe that it is stressing him out. He gets in between his plants to balance himself and I am cleaning out the bottom of the tank with my baster. I believe I overfed him and he also may have eaten many air bubbles. He's been like this for nearly 1 1/2 days.