How Long Do Axolotls Stay Pregnant?
Female Axolotls remain pregnant for about two weeks and lays about 200 to 600 eggs on plants.
The egg development takes about two weeks and the tadpole like Axolotl remain attached to the leaves of the plant for another two weeks.
So how do Axolotl gets pregnant?
Axolotl will be able to conceive and get pregnant within 12 months. The males normally releases spermatophore into the water and the female moves forward until her cloaca is above the spermatophore which will fertilize the eggs inside her this normally takes about an hour.
Egg laying normally takes place after about 12 and 72 hours later.
Axolotls scientific name is ( Ambystoma Mexicanum ) they are actually the larval form of salamander that never goes through a metamorphosis to a salamander that can walk on land.
They remain larval form and remain aquatic amphibians.
Axolotl Takes About 12 Months to be able to reproduce
What Happens to the Axolotl Males After They Release Spermatophore Into the Water and the Female Can Take Them Up?
Breeding can be induced anytime when they are in captivity by making the water cold by adding ice cubes in your aquarium. Breeding can be very favorable when their are partial water changes.
Normally the male will nudge her hindquarters with his nose several times.
If the female reacts to the male then he will place in front of her leading her from nose to tail.
He will eventually deposit spermatophore which is basically a packet of sperm. He will lead her to her forward until her cloaca is above the packet of sperm.
He will deposit numerous packets of sperm and leads her to pick it up to her cloaca.
This will last for about an hour.
An Aquatic Guide To The Axolotl
Female axolotl hatch at 22 degrees C. Once they are fully grown, they will live for up to fifteen years. They have lived in the wild in Mexico. In their native habitat, these fish breed in shallow water around deeper bodies of water. The water temperatures between these two extremes will be just right for them to spawn. When they are ready to spawn, they lay their eggs on the leaves of the plants.
It takes about 15 days for eggs to hatch and these fish will stay in their watery nest for about a month before they fall off to feed on the surface of the water.
When these fish mature and spawn they grow into about 12 inches long and about one and a half inches across. Their body is streamlined and has a triangular shape to it. The color of their skin when they are juveniles can be bright red, orange, or yellow.
When they mature, their body turns gray and their color changes to a beautiful yellow or pink and sometimes dark color.
Important Information About the Axolotl Baby
During the ovulation period of an Axolotl a female gives birth to her eggs, which are called ova, and then the same cycle repeats itself as the gestation period continues.
Axolotls Are Oviparous Or Egg Laying Amphibians
There are quite a few subspecies within this group. It is important to identify them quickly if you plan on breeding these amphibians.
Both species belong to the classifications of salamanders. Their distinguishing features are their long bodies, tail, head, and legs. When it comes to color, both species of salamanders are generally gray, but the Red-eared salamander has bright orange skin. The head and body are covered with hair. Their scales all have a soft feel to them. Once they find a suitable spot for laying their eggs, they begin to move towards it at a rapid pace. If you want to see them at work, you can try to look for them during their monthly molting period.
These salamanders breed on a specific schedule. The female will take around half an hour to finish laying her eggs. Once she has done, the male will withdraw inside of his pouch and the female will begin incubating her newly produced babies.
Raising Your Axolotl Fish
When raising eggs you need to ensure that they are at the right temperature range and if they don’t you risk freezing or burning them when they hatch.
Once your larvae have matured and you have made sure they are ready for fertilization you should begin harvesting your eggs.
There is a small difference between mature larvae and growing larvae, which means that the harvested eggs will not have the majority of their tail fins.
This can mean that your larvae will not be fertilized correctly and will result in poor growth.
To ensure that your larvae hatch earlier you should fertilize fresh females with an already mature male.
Are Axolotls Not Averse to Eating Their Eggs?
Ways to Remove the Eggs of Axolotl
The Life of the Axolotl Tadpole-Like Young Remain Attached to the Plants For Two More Weeks
The Axolotl tadpole-like young remain attached to the undersides of the leaves for a further two weeks. This may be due to the fact that they are born with ‘spores’, which are a type of self-organising reproductive organ and which help them develop into tadpoles.
The duration of time the tadpole spends under water is, therefore, somewhat short. In addition, the young do not have fully developed eyes so their vision may be slightly impaired.
Axolotl tadpoles begin to explore what lies beyond their aquatic home.
The newly hatched axolotls will not feed immediately since there is still egg yolk attached to them and it will provide the nutrition that they need.
The egg yolk remains in their bellies which looks like a cream colored mass.
Within 48 hours the hatchlings will be needing live food.
Food options include: brine shrimp, Daphnia, microworms and blackworms.
Salamanders develop front legs first.
Once they have front legs they will be eagerly eating food that is in front of them.
How Long Does an Axolotl Egg Growth Takes?
Egg growth takes about two weeks because during that period as their metabolism develops considerably, and they can take a long time to digest their food.
It is important to feed the young axies once or twice a day.
During the early stages the Axolotl are cannibalistic and may eat their own siblings if their are no food available, so feeding them lots of live brine shrimp and Daphnia is essential for survival.
If there are too many new borns then it is better to raise them in separate tanks.
When you see that the hind legs are developed then you may put them in one large aquarium for them to grow together.