Can you hold an axolotl under water?

Answered by Michael Wilson

Can you hold an axolotl under water? This is a common question among axolotl owners, and the answer is both yes and no. Let me explain.

Axolotls are unique amphibians that spend their entire lives in water. They have specialized gills that allow them to breathe underwater, and their delicate skin is extremely sensitive to the air. As a result, axolotls are not adapted to being handled outside of the water and can easily become stressed or injured if not handled properly.

That being said, there are situations where you may need to handle your axolotl, such as during tank maintenance or when transferring them to a new habitat. In these cases, it is possible to hold your axolotl briefly, but extreme caution must be taken to avoid harming them.

When handling an axolotl, it is important to minimize the time spent out of the water as much as possible. The axolotl should be wet at all times, and you should never hold them for longer than necessary. This means having all the necessary tools and equipment ready before attempting to handle your axolotl, to minimize the time they spend out of their watery environment.

To hold an axolotl under water, you can gently scoop them up using a net or your hands. It is important to support their body properly and avoid squeezing or applying excessive pressure. Axolotls have delicate skin and organs, so any rough handling can cause injury or stress.

Once you have the axolotl in your hands or net, keep them submerged in the water as much as possible. Avoid lifting them too high or exposing them to air. If you need to inspect or clean a specific area of the axolotl, do so quickly and gently, then return them to the water immediately.

It is worth mentioning that some axolotls may be more tolerant of handling than others. Individuals with a calmer temperament may be more comfortable being held, while others may become agitated or stressed even with minimal handling. It is essential to observe your axolotl’s behavior and response to handling, and adjust accordingly.

While it is possible to hold an axolotl under water, it should be done sparingly and only when necessary. Extreme caution must be taken to minimize the time spent out of water and to handle them gently to prevent stress or injury. Remember, axolotls are aquatic creatures, and their well-being should always be the top priority.