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i had this idea-exoskeleton donors

Discussion in 'General questions about care.' started by hermitcrab2005, Jan 23, 2006.

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You could donate a dead crab's exo to crabs who need it. What do you think of it.

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  3. smart thinking

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  1. hermitcrab2005

    hermitcrab2005 Hi, I'm New Here!

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    moire_eel "Second Molt, A Success"

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    Probably in almost all cases this would be totally fine. But because we can't be certain of why a hermit crab dies, I wouldn't want my other crabs to have that exoskeleton, just in case. But I know of people who do this with exo bits like toes and BPs that are often left unfinished by molters.
     
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    ashleigh "First Molt In Progress"

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    I think that is a really bad idear to feed something to your crabbies which might kill them. [​IMG]
     
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    Felicity Loves Animals (Small Crab)

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    I don't know, smart thinking though!
     
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    hermitcrab2005 Hi, I'm New Here!

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    It could jsut be the leftovers
     
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    Becca (Small Crab)

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    I would follow what some other people do and use the leftovers of successful molts (after you're positive they're successful,) just in case.
     
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    kuplakrabs "Second Molt, A Success"

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    I'd be hesitant at best to use an exo from a deceased crab. Like Moire said, you really don't know what cause the crab to die-and you may pass some unknown pathogen/contaminent on to the surviving crab. There are better ways to make sure your remaining crabs get enough calcium before and after a molt. Calci-sand, cuttlebone, egg shells, or a calcium carbonate supplement.
     
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