Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted Mar 06, 2014
I was in charge of the 'animal room' while at boarding school - a room in the science block where boarders could keep their pets and where the school kept a number of interesting creatures for observation. Dumb and Ugly were two of them.
Axolotls are extremely easy to look after and make a great talking point, but if you're looking for excitement and interaction, they're probably not the pet for you! They tend to just hang in the water not doing very much. Feeding time was always a source of amusement for me as unless you drop their food right past their snout, they don't notice it and you'll end up with a heap of water logged pellets on the bottom of your tank. The best way I found was to hold a pellet in a pair of tweezers, stick your hand in the water (not pleasant on a chilly day - they like COLD water) and drop it right past the axolotl's nose. If it detects the movement it will lurch forward and grab the pellet. That's probably the quickest movement you'll get out of one to be honest. They're easy to handle, which you only really need to do when cleaning their tank, but make sure you hold them firmly as they can be fairly slippery.
There's no denying, the axolotl is a super cool pet to have - who else will have a tank of gigantic tadpoles in their living room? Just don't get one if you want an exciting pet that you can play with!