GFP Leucistic Axolotl - Ambystoma mexicanum (CBP)-


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Defining Characteristics:

  • Great Beginner Salamander
  • Bright Yellow/White body with black eyes
  • Glows Green under a black light
  • Bold
  • Aquatic
  • Easy to Keep
  • prefers cooler temperatures


Please note it is illegal for us to ship Axolotls into California, Maine, Virginia, and New Jersey. Orders placed for axolotls from these states will be cancelled and refunded.


Name: Most commonly known as the axolotl, although sometimes called the water dragon or Mexican Walking Fish. Axolotl literally translates to water dog. Scientifically known as Ambystoma mexicanum.


Certified Breeder Program: These axolotls were procured via our Certified Breeder Program. This certification process will allow us to bring a wider variety of healthy, captive bred animals to you, our customers. We stand behind these animals just like any animals bred at our facility. Besides the fact we’ll be offering more animals, what do you need to know about Josh’s Frogs Certified Breeder Partnership? You need to know these animals are from people with the same approach to animal keeping and breeding that we do, are disease free, and most importantly captive bred! To learn more, please read our blog on the Josh's Frogs Certified Breeder Program.


Recommended Terrarium Size: 10 gallons per axolotl. A simple aquarium can be utilized to make cleaning easier, or a more complex setup, with large gravel (too large to be consumed) or sand used as a substrate, and live plants and wood as decor. Filtration is not necessary, but will reduce the frequency of water changes. Make sure to provide a cave or hiding place so your axolotl feels secure.


Temperature: Axolotls prefer cooler water - 55F to 65F is ideal. You want to try and keep water temperatures below 70F - higher temps can become lethal.f


Size: At the time of sale, captive bred red axolotls from Josh’s Frogs will measure about 3-4.5" long and be about 4 months old. They can be fairly quick growers, with adults reaching up to about 14" in a couple years. The cooler they are kept, the slower axolotls will grow.


Age: Axolotls have an average captive lifespan of about 10-15 years with proper care. Axolotls sold by Josh's Frogs are about 4 months old.


Feeding: At the time of sale, captive bred axolotls will devour thawed bloodworms, 1/4" to 1/2" cut pieces of nightcrawler, and small axolotl pellets. As they age, axolotls can handle larger and larger food items, including full size nightcrawlers, large axolotl pellets, and even the occasional feeder insect.


Sexing: Axolotls are easy to sex when mature. Males have a more streamlined, slender body, while females tend to be larger and more rotund. A male's cloacal region will appear very swollen. Most axolotls can be reliably sexed when they are about 8" long, which typically takes 8-10 months.


Color/Pattern: Leucistic axolotls have a yellowish body with black eyes and pink gills. Occasionally, animals are more whitish in color. These animals contain Green Fluorescent Protein, a protein isolated from jellyfish that glows green under blacklight.


Social Behavior: Adult axolotls can be housed in groups, assuming all individuals are well fed and about the same size. Young axolotls will attempt to eat each other, sometimes successfully. Because of this, we house young axolotls individually at Josh's Frogs.


Natural Range: In the wild, axolotls are critically endangered in their native range in Mexico, largely due to invasive species and pollution.


History in the Hobby: Axolotls are readily available in the hobby, as they have been popular laboratory animals. Because of this, a wide range of morphs or color forms are known and readily available.


Links of Interest:

Josh's Frogs Axolotl Care Sheet

Axolotls on Wikipedia - more Axolotl care facts than you can shake a stick at!

Axolotl Care Sheet by John Clare, published in Reptiles Magazine


Still not sure if Axolotls from Josh's Frogs are the right pet frog for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!

Not sure how to care for axolotls? Read the following care guide on Axolotls, written by the experts at Josh's Frogs!

Shipping for any number of animals is just $39.99. Frogs are shipped via FedEx Priority Overnight and are delivered by 12:00 pm to most locations, Tuesday through Friday. Josh's Frogs does not ship frogs internationally. Scheduling of frog order is dependant on your availability and weather.


Please respond to our Frog Shipping Email, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive. We'll email back to confirm after checking your local weather conditions.


We can ship directly to your address, as long as your local overnight low temperature is above 39F the night of shipping, and your high temperature is below 91F at noon on the day of arrival. If your overnight lows are below 40F but above 29F, Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your high temperature is over 90F at the guarantee 'delivered by' time (typically 12pm), Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your overnight low is below 30F, Josh's Frogs retains the right to hold frog shipping until temperatures increase due to safety concerns. We will hold the frogs at our facility for any length of time necessary to ensure that the frogs you order are received in the best of health. This policy is designed with the best interests and health of our animals at heart!


To find your nearest appropriate FedEx location, click here and follow the instructions below:

  • Enter your zip code in the top search box.

  • Click the Filter button.

  • Check Staffed Location.

  • Expand Additional services, and check the Hold package at location for pickup box.

  • Close the filter box and search for locations.


FedEx's website will display the nearest locations where you may pick up your frogs. We'll look up the locations for you when you call to schedule frog shipping. You do not need to check your temperature before ordering frogs - Josh's Frogs will take care of this when contacted about scheduling shipment. Frog orders require contact from our customer prior to being shipped out, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive, and to check your local weather conditions.


Shipping for any number of frogs is a flat rate $39.99. This includes postage, a box with 1" styrofoam insulation, gel packs, heat/ice packs and/or phase 22 panels if necessary. Josh's Frogs has been shipping frogs since 2004 and has shipped thousands of animals safely. We have a special contract with UPS to ship live animals directly to residential addresses and guarantee live arrival as long as our Live Arrival Conditions are met.

Josh's Frogs guarantees the Health & Live Arrival of all animals.

< p>All animal shipments are sent via FedEx Priority Overnight. Josh's Frogs guarantees that all frogs will arrive alive and in good health, provided that temperatures on day of arrival do not exceed 85 degrees before the frogs are delivered to home or business address, or nearest FedEx location. Temperatures during transit do not drop below 40 degrees for delivery to home or business address. Temperatures during transit do not drop below 30 degrees for pickup at the nearest FedEx location. Someone is there to accept the package on first delivery attempt, or package is picked up by noon the day of arrival if package is held at a FedEx location for pickup. Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.

< p>If frogs arrive deceased or in poor condition, Josh's Frogs requires that the customer notifies us of the condition of the animal(s) within 1 hour of arrival via email at, or at (800) 691-8178. Picture(s) of the animal(s) must be sent by 4pm EST day of arrival to Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.

< p>Josh's Frogs offers a 3 day health guarantee on all animals purchased from Josh's Frogs. If animal(s) purchased arrive in good shape but fail to thrive within 3 days, Josh's Frogs requires that pictures of the animal(s) and their habitat is emailed to within 3 days of the animal's arrival. When emailing the pictures, please include relavent habitat information, such as average humidity and temperature. A Josh's Frogs representative will then contact the customer and discuss poison dart frog care. Failure to meet these guidelines will void Josh's Frogs Live Arrival and Health Guarantee.