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Naked crab missing limbs

Discussion in 'Emergency Care - 911.' started by tianmax, Oct 21, 2009.

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  1. tianmax

    tianmax Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Hello, one of my crabs molted recently and now he is missing his to claws and was naked in the corner. I thought he was dead but he is alive. He wont go into any shells and he is in isolation. But his to front claws are gont and not in the tank. Im not sure if he even grew any in his molt. I did see some little white bugs a couple days ago and cleaned there tank and go new sand and washed them and cleaned all shells. As of now there are no bugs, but i dont know what to do about the streaker.

    Sorry long. Im just so confused about this crab acting this way. Any help appreciated.
     
  2. Laughs O Lot

    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    Please fill out this form:

    How long have you had the crab(s) in question?

    Do you know what species they are?

    Did you/Do you isolate new crabs?

    Tank Size:

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    Did you test your humidity gauge for accuracy?

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    Temperature and Humidity levels in your tank: Degrees %

    Heating Source (if UTH how much of the tank does it cover and how much substrate is over it):

    Lighting Source (type bulbs & wattage):

    Do you have at least one area for each crab to hide?

    Is there any metal in your tank?

    What types of climbing things/toys do you have in your tank?

    What type of water do you use (dechlorinated tap/spring water)?

    If you use dechlorinating drops-which kind?

    Do your provide fresh and salt water? If yes, what type of salt mix do you use?

    Do you provide dishes for water or just sponges?

    How many extra shells do you have for each crab?

    Did you boil the shells prior to putting them in the tank?

    Do you bathe your crabs? If yes, how often and what do you use to bathe them in?

    Do you only handle your crabs with clean hands?

    How often do you handle them?

    Have they been exposed to toxins such as chemical/cleaning fumes, perfume, spray deodorant, etc?

    Do you allow your crabs to exercise outside the tank?

    What types of foods do you feed?

    What do you use as a calcium supplement?
     
  3. tianmax

    tianmax Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Hes dead. Thanx anyways. :(
     
  4. Mckenny

    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    I'm so sorry you lost your hermie.....:(
     
  5. Hermies4Ever

    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    I am very sorry that your hermit crab died. I know how hard it it to lose them, but please don't be hard on yourself. The point is, he had a good life with you when he was alive, and that's what matters. Although, you should provide a proper burial ceremony for him.
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    "Shell fights occasionally occur among wild and pet hermit crabs and can often be detected because of chirping sounds. From a position slightly above the defending crab's shell, an attacking crab seizes the defending crab with its walking legs and rapidly rotates it back and forth. While doing this, the attacker's claws are usually inside the opening of the defending crab's shell. This shaking often drives the defending crab from the shell that the attacker wants. Practically leaping out of its shell, the loser waits and enters the victor's shell. Typically, neither crab is harmed and both might get a better-fitting shell."
    I've seen crabs have sequential shell fights down the 'intra-tank-pecking-order' until the weakest crab was left naked. This was because the air in the tank got so hot that the crabs required a thinner shell to aide in cooling their abdomens. Keep a close watch on the temperature and make sure it does not get too hot.
     
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