Can You Pickup And Hold A Pet Axolotl?

The axolotl, a permanently aquatic animal, has been a popular pet choice in recent years. These little creatures are relatively easy to care for and can live for 10-15 years with the proper care. But can you pick them up and hold them like a traditional pet, such as a gerbil or cat? Let’s find out.

Axolotls are notorious for being fragile creatures. In the wild, they often suffer from diseases and parasites which can weaken their immune system. As a result, it’s important that they be kept in pristine conditions in order to stay healthy. This means that axolotls should not be handled if you can avoid it, as it can stress them out and make them more susceptible to illness.

Can You Pickup An Axolotl?

Yes, you can hold an axolotl without hurting it, but they are delicate animals so this should be done with the utmost caution and only when necessary. The isn’t something you should do casually or because the animal looks cute. It should be done as quickly and as carefully as possible.

Not only as these animals delicate but they are adapted for living in the water. When taken out of the water they can quickly dehydrate, plus their delicate features will not be supported by the water and can easily be damaged.

While you shouldn’t handle your axolotl too much, there will be times when you need to pick them up (for example, when cleaning their tank). When doing so, it’s important to use two hands — one to support their belly and the other to support their head and neck. This will help prevent your axolotl from getting injured. Once you have them secure, lift them gently out of the water and place them on a soft surface (such as a towel) or immediately into another water body.


So, can you pick up and hold a pet axolotl? While you shouldn’t handle them too much, it is possible to pick them up and hold them using two hands. Just be sure to support their belly and head/neck so that they don’t get injured and to keep their exposure time outside of them water to an absolute minimum.