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How long should i wait for the molting crab??

Discussion in 'Molting.' started by Spuggly, Jun 24, 2008.

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  1. Spuggly

    Spuggly Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Hey Guys ! I'm new to hermit crabs and can use a bit of advice. One of my crabs buried themself yesterday, he was really lazy compared to the other crabs so i thought he might molt. I'm really excited to find out if its a molt. I was just wondering how long they usually stay down for if molting? The crab is pretty small maybe 2 inches long tops. Any other tips?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. HERMEZ

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    Is he new? He may be destressing--if you have had awhile its varies per crab- that little might be 2-4 weeks it really depends- they don't always molt right away but can rest up before they molt.
     
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    Spuggly Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Thanks :) I've only had the hermit crab maybe 2 weeks. I kept looking on here for more info and read about them burying themselves to destress. Its been 2 whole days since i saw him, so I guess only time will tell.:D
     
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    DaisyCrab (Small Crab)

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    Thats a tricky question, I've found that it depends on the crab. I've had mine stay down anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months!!
     
  5. WizKidsMom

    WizKidsMom "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    And I have a couple who just like to dig tunnels. They are down for days at a time, then come up for food and water, only to go down again.
     
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    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    he aslo could be not useto the temp of the tank and is just ajusting to the heat and humiy.
     
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