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Discussion in 'Species Identification - Identify Your Hermit Crab' started by PinkParrot, Jul 7, 2009.

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  1. PinkParrot

    PinkParrot Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Alright, we got our first hermit crab yesterday and of course, I know nothing about them :eek:. Can someone tell me what kind this little guy is? That would be a great start.

    Thanks for the help

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  2. HERMEZ

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    You have an E - or Ecquadorian (sp?) official name C. compressus

    WELOCME read the sticky under general care it will help immensely!
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    It's called " I jsut got new crabs what do I do now?" the checklist, in the portal, is also helpful. Read the other stickies too. They all help.
    Good luck and we'll be here if have any questions.
     
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    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Welcome. Yup, you definitely got an E. All of my E's climb the ceiling of the tank, also! What's his name? Is it a he or a she?
     
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    Jessafall "Preparing For First Molt"

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    You have a very cute E!!
     
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    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Actually no, I think you're wrong. Aussie hermit crabs don't have 2 stripes on the side on their body, and Ecuadorians do. And, the hermit crab he has has 2 stripes on the side of its body. Also, Aussie hermit crabs have black vertical stripes goin up their pinchers
    and the one he has doesnt
     
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    PinkParrot Hi, I'm New Here!

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    WOW you can even tell if it's male or female? We called him Hermie... I have so much to learn.

    From what I saw so far, the ''E'' seems to be the most common one, am I right? It is not very big and I am kind of afraid to pick him up :eek:.

    I will read the stickys and try my best. I am going to set up a 15 gallon tank this weekend for him with some cool things. Oh, and some friends too.

    I am glad I found this place, thanks all.
     
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    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Actually, in the US, Purple Pinchers are the most common. Second most common is Ecuadorians. Then I think third most common are Ruggies and Straws, but I don't know.

    Yeah, you can find out what gender they are. Heres a link to how: http://www.hermitcrabsrus.com/forum...out-care/3137-gonopores-male-female-crab.html

    Good luck on making the tank. Be sure to make the substrate deep and hav the humidity at 70-80%
     
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    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    CoolDoggie10...you sometimes act like we are out to get you by the way you word things. We aren't-----honest! :)
    As I tell my students, "cool your jets"...it's all good. :D
     
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    THere is a species ID on the crabroom.com. I agree, PPs and Es are the most common and finding an Aussie might be difficult, even if you tryed reazlly hard. I can't even find an E!
     
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    PinkParrot Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Yep, I have been reading here all week ;) and I already have the thermometer, humidity gauge, coconut shell hut, some extra shells of different sizes. I just need to get more sand and some toys and I think we will be alright.

    I would like to find a large hc, the one we have is small...
     
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    PinkParrot Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Thanks for the excellent info.

    I would like to ask if they can change color sometimes, he seems different than earlier this week. Hard to tell on the pictures though.

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    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Yes, hermit crabs do tend to become lighter or darker pre-molt, so he may be molting soon. Be sure to have deep enough sand for him to bury in, at 'least' twice his height. Also, great pictures.
     
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    Welcome! :D Your hermie is so adorable! :) I think he's an E, but if there are spots under his eyes hemight be a Ruggie. I thought I saw spots but I'm not sure.
     
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    Congratz on your new crab!
     
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    Looks like an E to me. He has those candy corn eyes.
     
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    I only see pp's at my store, no E's
     
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    Try a smaller pet store. Petco etc mostly carry PPs.
     
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