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Can Hermit Crabs Hear?

Discussion in 'General questions about care.' started by gweebles, Jan 29, 2006.

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  1. gweebles

    gweebles "Preparing For First Molt"

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    Anybody know?
     
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    pineapplemama (Small Crab)

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    Not me, I made a poll asking if anyone knew if they could see color...

    I don't think we know as much as we think!
     
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    moire_eel "Second Molt, A Success"

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    Well, the fact that they can chirp suggests that they either hear or at least sense vibrations. My guess would be that their experience is closer to the latter, but I don't really know for sure.
     
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    pineapplemama (Small Crab)

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    Oh I totally forgot about the chirping...since I've yet to hear it! That is a very good point Moire!

    I'm telling you guys...she knows all!
     
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    ashleigh "First Molt In Progress"

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    I think they see in colour cause they chose new shells, by size , shape, colour and the condition of the shell. Well thats what I've been told.
     
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    gweebles "Preparing For First Molt"

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    Oh yeah, I forgot about the chirp. I was royally told off by Cowboy today for disturbing him. I know they seem to communicate by tapping each other with their antennas, but I tap the tank and they just act like nothing is going on, so I guess they are just good at ignoring me.
     
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    pineapplemama (Small Crab)

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    Ignoring huh? Sounds like they have the same breed of "selective hearing" as my kids! "Pie" they hear perfectly, but "clean your room" just doesn't seem to be received...hmm??
     
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    gweebles "Preparing For First Molt"

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    True, I can open the lid of the tank and they will scatter at that sound. They will come out to the sound of my voice when I have them on the desk, but if they are not in the mood to socialize, they look around like they have no idea you're there. Definately like my 7 year old. The sound of a refrigerator opening at midnight will wake her, but I can stand right next to her and tell her 100 times to do something and she'll look at me and say, "huh?"
     
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    pineapplemama (Small Crab)

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    oh, and don't even bother if the GameCube is on!

    -Crystal
     
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