There really is no trick to “teaching” an axolotl to eat out of your hand. Remember, that cute little guy sitting at the bottom of your tank is a predator by nature. If you hold food in front of his mouth and he’s hungry, he will go for it.
Don’t worry about being bitten. Axolotls only have stubby little bumps for “teeth.” They can grip, but they can’t bite and they certainly can’t break human skin. At most, you’ll be startled and feel a little pressure.
If your pet seems reluctant to take what you’re holding out, wiggling it a little as if the food were bait. The motion will activate the axolotl’s hunting instinct. If you want your pet to consistently take food from your hand, offer it at the same time every day.
It’s perfectly easy to just drop food in the aquarium and let the axolotl eat on its own, but then it will become accustomed to doing so and be less likely to eat from your hand.
Because axolotls are both intelligent and observant, they will quickly become accustomed to scheduled feedings by hand and even look forward to it.
Don’t be surprised if your pet stands up on its hind legs as you approach the tank in anticipation of the hand-fed meal – or even “bangs” on the glass with its paw to tell you to hurry up!
Remember to always wash and thoroughly rinse your hands before interacting with your axolotl in this fashion. The primary rule of good care for these aquatic pets is to maintain optimum water quality at all times.
Any residue on your hands can change the chemical composition of the water and prove potentially toxic to the axolotl.
Obviously, you will also want to wash your hands after they’ve been in the tank as well, since properly cycled aquarium water does contain bacteria.
A great, go-to guide for raising Axolotl.,
Axolotl’s are an amazing pet to have, but they require an informed owner so that they can thrive in a man-made habitat. I wasn’t really sure where to go when I needed answers. I did a few Google searches, but the information was scattered all over the place, and none of it was consistent. I started looking into books and was led to this.
Axolotl. Facts & Information: A Complete Pet Owner’s Guide is a great go-to source for anybody that might be in the same predicament. I had so many questions and Lolly Brown did a great job covering most everything for me. She laid out information about habitat, feeding, breeding, and much more.
I would highly recommend this book to anybody that needs a detailed, easy-to-read guide that can help them with their Axolotl questions. This is a very handy resource!
If you considering buying an Axolotl – read this first.
As far as Salamanders go, the Axolotl is an exotic specimen that seems to be prized among collectors. To be honest, I knew nothing about these strange looking amphibians until I read Lolly Brown’s “Axolotl Facts & Information: A Complete Pet Owner’s Guide.”
This guide is truly an essential read if you have ever considered owning one of these as a pet, or even if you just want to know a bit more about them. Everything is here; care, tanks, habitat, diet, structure, buying one, average life span, what to feed them, how much they should cost, how they breed (fyi: the sexes are hard to differentiate, you may get more than you bargained for!) health, how they are used in medical research, their ability to regenerate (please do not do this deliberately at home) types (colors) of Axolotl, facts and more.
I realize now that this is not the right pet for my household, yet it would make an incredible addition for a friend of mine – and now I know which one to get, and how much to spend.
Lot of repetition but a good starter book
This is the book to get about Axolotl
A book I can’t do without now that I have a copy. Covers all of the need to know information and then some. A very helpful book for any Axolotl owner. Much better than sitting online all day pieceing together information when I can get in seconds from this book