Hi! I'm curious about hermit crabs establishing rank in their colony. When I first introduced Lou-Lou to the others, I saw a lot of feeler fights and pushing matches, which I recognized as normal behavior for when a new hermit crab comes to town. The ones between Crusty and Lou-Lou were especially feirce. Crusty is male and Lou-Lou is female and they are both the same size. First they would face eachother and move their feelers rapidly and then they would push and shove eachother. It was fascinating to watch until it became too violent. In the third match, Crusty scratched Lou-Lou and she recoiled into her shell, so I pulled them away from eachother. Should I have pulled them away or is it normal for two equally matched hermit crabs to get more violent? Then, in the fourth match, they seemed to be getting extra ciolent so I separated them right away. Is it normal for hermit crabs to do this so many times? The first two Crusty walked away first, but the third one Lou-Lou walked away. Is the hermit crab who walks away first the "loser" or the "winner"(I don't know how to put it in better terms) or is it insignificant after all? Also, I'm curious because it was mostly just Crusty and Lou-Lou doing this. Crusty and Sherbert did it once that day but it didn't get violent and Crusty walked away first. I'm confused about that, because Lou-Lou was the newbie, not Crusty. Sherbert and Crusty had known eachother for months. I didn't see Ocean get into any of these rank- establishing matches at all. She was the biggest and was very gentle, easily intiminated by the other hermit crabs sometimes. Did the other hermit crabs not hav matches with her because she was the biggest and considered her to be the alpha, or because they knew she was gentle and easily intimidated so they considered her to be the lowest rank? My last question: From this thread, who do you think is the alpha of my colony? Thank-you! Sorry this thread was so long~ I just have so many questions about this fascinating topic!