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Hurt Crab?

Discussion in 'Emergency Care - 911.' started by concernedmom, Jul 22, 2007.

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  1. concernedmom

    concernedmom Hi, I'm New Here!

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    We brought home 3 new hermit crabs a few days ago to join our family. They were all active and eager to explore their new home. The next morning, one of the new small crabs was out of it's shell, next to one of the water dishes. I immediately moved it to a separate tank by itself with food and water and several different shells for it to choose from. I separated it on Friday, and it is now Sunday morning, and it has shown no interest in returning to a shell. It moves around a little bit, and I think it has eaten a little. This morning I noticed a dark spot covering about 2/3rds of it's abdomen. Any thoughts on the prognosis?
     
  2. keris hermies

    keris hermies "Third Molt In Progress"

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    That does'nt sound to good?Do you smell anything?
     
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    hawkins07 (Micro Crab)

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    I don't have really any thoughts but I wish you luck cuz I know they don't really last long out of shell.
     
  4. silver616

    silver616 "Preparing For Second Molt"

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    Unfortunately, it seems like it's hard to actually "diagnose" a crab's problem. Since they're so new, it's probably related to stress (wild-warehouse-store-home=STRESS) and/or the poor conditions they were experiencing in the store (bad food, lack of water, no salt water, temp too high or low, and low humidity)! When I get new crabs, i try to keep the humidity and temps stable in the right range, provide lots of new shells to try, lots of fresh and salt water (both de-chlorinated), and high energy/nutrient rich foods (freeze-dried shrimp, spirulina powder, hard-boiled egg yolk, cornmeal and honey, etc). Good luck!!!!
     
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