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Changing Shells BEFORE molting?

Discussion in 'Shells' started by hermanandhermynie, Nov 2, 2010.

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  1. hermanandhermynie

    hermanandhermynie "First Molt In Progress"

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    would my hermit crab change shells before going down to molt. My hermit crab just changed shells and has a black thing on his abdomen which I think is a molting sac not sure though couldnt really see.
     
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    scoobdoo "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    I think they change anytime they feel like it, LOL! I have had some that have changed then went missing a few days later.
     
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    imported_xAiZaOnigirix (Large Crab)

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    yes, they do that =] they change anytime, but they will change before molting. My smallest changed around shells and is now underground right now =]
     
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    hermanandhermynie "First Molt In Progress"

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    Right now he doesnt look to good. Hes just sitting on the calcium block not moving at all. Before I tried to pick him up and he was holding onto it. Hes not moving and its scaring me. Could he be doing a surface molt? Why?
     
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    scoobdoo "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    if he isn't the only crab in the tank maybe you should get him in an iso tank with enough of the bedding to cover him up when he digs { I stirred my bedding up to air it out and made it easy for them to tunnle in} , with shells, honey or peanut butter in a small lid, put the calcium block in there to, and the waters. get it coverd up and not bother him. just do a peek a book and see if he is o.k. then cover him back up. I read they need it to be dark, quiet, warm and humid or they get stressed. I only have to use mine to take the new molted crab out before the bully crabby paddy gets to him, & it's only just him that will go to rip out the crab and want to take the shell or maybe want to eat him, hasn't got that far { yet} but I have to take the new one out stick him in iso a few days then give him a bath then I can put him back and no one bothers him anymore, if I don't have time to get to him then I stick the bully in iso.
     
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