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Weird growth on Golden Axolotl

MrJamesPond

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Hi. I have a golden axolotl who I have recently discovered is growing some weird extra bits on his body. He is pretty happy and it does not appear to bother him. When I first got him at the aquarium, he had one just under his leg which I assumed was a skin tag and would heal, but it never did. Then I noticed another one underneath his eye, which I assumed I had just missed. Today, I noticed another one under his arm and am pretty confident he never had it before which means he is growing them for whatever reason. They almost look like the formation of extra tiny legs. I have attached photos of the axolotl, circled the area, and drawn what it looks like on the side in case the photos are not clear enough. Again, it does not appear to bother him at all (always eating very happily). I have another leucistic axolotl who is housed with him, but she has no problems, though I did purchase them at different days. Any idea what it is? Thank you in advance. :)
 

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I cannot be sure because the photo is not very clear, but I think about Lernaea (anchor worm), which is, in fact, a parasitic copepod.
Please, take the time to compare what you actually see with Internet photos of Lernaea.
Others axolotl hobbyists, more experienced than me with parasites, may also answer more accurately.
 

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Thank you for the reply!
I researched anchor worms and it does kind of look like it. How do you get rid of them?
 
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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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    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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    i need one before summer though so i should prob save up
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    or its waterchanges and/or air fans for me.
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    Here its Hot like every day so we have to have the cooler :p
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    But we also have a fan
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    its just wet in oregon and cold most of the time.
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    So good axolotl weather :p
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    yeah, most of the time lol. its always cold in my room now cause of them.
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    Yea my room is freezing because of the axolotls xd
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    The worst thing is my cat always jumps up next to the tank but good thing it has a lid 😁
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    same D: my cat is constantly knocking over my bottles and stuff for my axolotls.
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    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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    I know right what is it with cats constantly knocking every thing over??
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    And boxes. you can even tape a square on the floor and ive seen them go in it xD
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    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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    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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