Axolotls proving popular pets in Gloucester
They can regenerate limbs and never grow up - unless they’re injected with iodine.
Welcome to the world of the axolotl, selling well at a suburban pet shop in Gloucester.
The amphibians cost £20 and suit novice owners, said Richard Angell, owner of Angell Pets.
“They are quite easy to keep - they live in cold water,” said Richard, who sells them for around £20 from his Mead Road, Abbeymead, Gloucester store.
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“They don’t need a huge tank and they are just a very unusual animal in a lot of different ways.”
Essentially axolotls are salamanders in larval form - a tadpole version.
It means they can regenerate bitten limbs and organs, and bizarrely, an injection of iodine stimulates development in to an adult salamander.
“Technically they are still a tadpole,” said Richard, who has run the shop for four years. “It’s closest relative is the tiger salamander.
“I sell quite a few - often it’s people who have had fish and want a change, and have a fish tank ready.
“They should really only live alone though, as they are prone to eating each other.”