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hermit crab shell water

Discussion in 'Shells' started by cocothecrab, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. cocothecrab

    cocothecrab (Small Crab)

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    I heard that hermit crabs hold a small amount of water in their shell, so how come when a crab switches shells I don't find any water in the shell?? do they suck it up w/ them or something?  :think:
     
  2. Mckenny

    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Most of the time they'll get water in their shell when they go down for a molt.
    They use the water to help soften and split open their exoskeleton so they can molt and grow easier.
     

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