to axolotl lovers / potential purchasers
Be! Really! Careful! When you purchase your baby axie!!
This is really really important because people around where I live have been scooping up salamander babies from rivers and selling them to people as axolotls. Salamander babies and wild type axolotl babies look super similar!
Axolotls and salamanders require different care- which means having to buy all kinds of different, expensive things (we must have spent well over $150-200) all together- and not only that, but the survival rate for land-morphing salamanders is pretty dang low!
The seller showing you pictures of the alleged ‘parents’ is NOT enough. You need to really learn about where you’re getting your babies from. Watch out for how the seller handles the animal! Those can be huge red flags!
Some people may look at this and think it’s not a big deal but it’s a really big deal to people who love and respect animals. I was so devastated when my baby died after a month of hard work trying to keep him healthy and I don’t want the same to happen to anybody, especially small children!
I just wanted to post this because I found out today from some pet store folks that more people have been scammed recently and it’s just awful. Just be really careful if you’re choosing out an axolotl; particularly just if they’re very small, smaller than your finger. Best of luck friends!