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Dendrobaena Worms: the perfect food for Axolotls.
The first few months of an Axolotls life is its hardest and needs a lot of food (Baby Brine Shrimp) and then (Bloodworms) before it can be weaned onto Dendrobaena earthworms.
When all four legs have formed you can then start to wean it onto live earthworms. Buy the small Dendrobaena worms and cut the worms into very small pieces no longer than 1cm in length and feed them this twice a day. As the Axolotls grow in size you can alter the length of the worm fed until it can eat a full worm.
By the age of 6 months they are a good size and should be eating two full worms each. It is about now you can increase the size of worm you buy. From a breeders point of view the best size of worm you can buy from now on is the mixed size. You may still have to cut the worms to an eatable size but the amount you buy will last you longer so financially your better off.
Once they are 8 months old you will be able to feed them the full sized worm of the mixed pack and they will happily eat 2 or 3 good sized worms a day, but remember just because they eat it does not mean they want it. As long as your axolotl eats two worms a day in the first two years of its life then all is good.
As they grow older and still grow in size they will be able to eat large worms, you can upgrade to the the large dendrobaena worms, they may at times not be hungry once they reach two years old or older so you can slow down the feeding by only giving them a worm 3 times a week.
Always feed your Axolotl Dendrobaena worms, NEVER feed Axolotls Lobworms or Tiger Worms as they do not like them (although Lobworms are a very good food supplement for other Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish), these specific worms give off a nasty yukky smelly slime that Axolotls hate and it also spoils the water too.
From the age of three months Axolotls should only be fed Live Earthworms it has all the nutrients they need and no other food is required. Despite what many websites tell you earthworms are all they should eat, do not try feeding them food that is not good for them as you may end up with a sick or dead pet.