Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jan 11, 2017
I had this axolotl a long time ago and for about 2 years, I saw him in the pet shop and he looked funny and adorable so I decided to buy it. I regretted that decision later.
By that time of my life I have only had dogs and cats as pets, and I was expecting my relationship with my axolotl to be somehow similar to the relationship I had with the rest of my pets, but I was really wrong.
An axolotl is not the kind of creature that would interact with you, he was really hard to feed because I had to feed him with live worms and that wasn't pleasant at all. There was also a lot of maintenance, they need warm and clear water so I had to clean the tank pretty often, and that can take a long time.
For the rest, I didn't feel like this creature was bringing any joy to my life, like any regular pet does, and most of all, I felt horrible when I started realizing that I didn't bring any joy to his life. In my home, in his lonely tank, he was not more than an ornamental piece. I had no idea about his natural life, it killed me to think that he was far away from his natural habitat, with no possibility of interacting with others like him and that I was doing nothing more that keeping him captive for no good reason.
So, all in all, I do not recommend anyone to get an axolotl as a pet.