Are Axolotls Social?

Axolotls are a unique species of salamander with an extraordinary genetic makeup. These little creatures are hardy and easy to care for, making them a popular choice of pet for those with limited experience caring for exotic animals.

If you keep an axolotl as a pet, you can expect to have many years of enjoyment and happiness. But, only if you look after them correctly! Indeed, axolotls have very specific needs in terms of habitat, food, tank mates, and social interaction with their owners. Meet these requirements are you’ll be golden! Fail to meet them and you could end up with a very stressed and/or sick axolotl.

In this post, I’ll delve into the axolotl’s social needs. In particular, I’ll tell you whether axolotls are social or not.

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Are Axolotls Social?

Axolotls are not particularly social animals. In fact, they prefer solitude over the company of other axolotls or tank mates. They are happiest when left alone and interactions with their owner are kept to a minimum. So, it could be said that axolotls are loners.

Social Needs of The Axolotl

By nature, axolotls are not particularly social creatures. They don’t have complex social needs, nor do they require any tank companions to live happily. They’ll be completely fine on their own. 

Make sure to check out my extensive guide about axolotl tank mates (do they need companions, if so which species are best and which to avoid).

Do Axolotls Get Lonely?

Because they’re solitary animals, axolotls tend not to get lonely. However, if you want to keep more than one axolotl in a tank, you can – if you follow strict requirements. 

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Your axolotl won’t get any additional enjoyment from having another axolotl friend by its side. Although they may choose to live together in peace and not attack each other, this doesn’t mean they’ll like each other. 

If you want to keep axolotls in pairs, you’ll have to ensure that:

  • They’re both adults (juveniles tend to be cannibalistic, and adults sometimes prey on larvae).
  • They have enough space (min 20-gallon tank for 1 axolotl, 10 gallons for each additional one).
  • Are of opposite genders (one male and one female).
  • Are roughly the same size (bigger axolotls may injure or eat smaller ones).

If you can’t meet the conditions above, stick to one axolotl. Remember: you’ll be the only one getting extra enjoyment from them cohabiting. Though your axolotls may live peacefully together, they probably won’t enjoy each other’s company. 

If you keep more than an axolotl, you’ll also require a lot of extra space. The average axolotl can grow around 9 to 12 inches long. You’ll need a much larger aquarium and plenty of food to keep them happy. 

Can Axolotls Be Pets?

Although not a traditional or conventional choice, axolotls can be kept as aquatic pets.

Axolotls are rather large, so if you’re keeping one in captivity, you’ll need a large, elongated tank filled with water to keep them happy. Axolotls have very specific water parameter requirements (temperature, salinity, pH, hardness, chemical composition, etc.). So, you will have to stay on top of this.

You may not find axolotls for sale in your local pet store. In most cases, you’ll have to source your axolotl from a private breeder, enthusiast, or dedicated axolotl store (if you can find one). 

Can You Touch an Axolotl?

Axolotls are amphibious aquatic creatures. Their bodies and skin are both delicate and permeable. In fact, most of the axolotl’s body is composed of cartilage instead of bone. This makes them more susceptible to injury and damage. Moreover, they don’t like being removed from the water. For this reason, you should avoid handling an axolotl unless absolutely necessary. 

Can Axolotls Live With Fish?

Surprisingly, yes – axolotls can live with fish. However, you’ll need to choose the species of fish carefully. 

If you pair your axolotl with smaller fish, it may mistake them for food and prey on them. Not all fish are suitable to share a space with your axolotl. Generally, those that are peaceful and solitary will make a good pairing. 

Some suitable fish friends for the axolotl can include: 

  • White Cloud Mountain Minnows
  • Zebra Danios
  • Adult Apple Snails
  • Guppy Fish

These species are also suitable for the axolotl due to their size, anatomy, and temperaments. However, you should remember that there’s never any guarantee that your axolotl won’t attack another fish. If you have any doubts, keep your fish in a separate aquarium instead. 


Axolotls are peaceful, friendly pets that are low maintenance and easy to care for. They are independent and solitary creatures. By nature, they have no real desire for interaction with other axolotls, tank mates, or even their owners.

Although it’s possible to keep more than one axolotl in your tank, it’s not necessary to avoid loneliness. Axolotls can thrive on their own, but if you want more than one in your home, you should carefully consider their pairings. 

Your axolotl will be happier on its own, but if you really want to add tank mates, success will depend on choosing suitable axolotl companions. 


Hello and welcome to Pets From Afar. I'm Glen. My daughter Siri and I are mad about axolotls. I created this website to document our findings and experiences, as we learn more about these amazing amphibians. Follow along and enjoy the fun!

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