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Discussion in 'HCRU Crabitat's - Biography's Of Our Crabitats' started by HermitPaws, Jun 20, 2007.

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  1. HermitPaws

    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    Safe wood

    Cholla wood
    Cork bark
    Cypress (swamp variety, taxodium species)
    Grape vine
    Madrona
    Mangrove
    Manzanita
    Maple
    Oak
    Pear
    Pecan
    Sycamore

    Unsafe Woods

    Apricot
    Bitter Almond
    Boxwood
    Cherry
    Cherry Laurel
    Eucalyptus
    Evergreen of any kind (pine, cedar, redwood, etc.)
    Hemlock
    Laurel
    Nectarine
    Peach
    Plum
    Yew


    Found in a LHC.com forum
     
  2. keris hermies

    keris hermies "Third Molt In Progress"

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    Thanks for looking this up!lol.I could'nt find it.
     
  3. Switchblade_Brigade

    Switchblade_Brigade "First Molt, A Success"

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    Cholla wood (aka choya wood) actually isn't wood. It is the left over dried remains of a type of cactus.
     
  4. keris hermies

    keris hermies "Third Molt In Progress"

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    Really?I did'nt know that.
     
  5. CrabbyLady

    CrabbyLady Hi, I'm New Here!

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    What about Balsa? Hubby and I are planning on building some add on ramps and whatnot to our tank.
     
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    Balsa (Ochroma pyramidale, synonym O. lagopus) is a large, fast-growing tree that can grow up to 30 m tall, native to tropical South America north to southern Mexico. It is evergreen.

    From what I remember crabs can't have wood thats considered evergreen.
     
  7. Emma Jean

    Emma Jean (Small Crab)

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    Thats no good, that would have been perfect for ramps and a second level.
     
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    CrabbyLady Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Eh, phooey on Balsa, then! We'll figure out something from the safe wood list, then. :) Thank you for helping out, Vicki. ^^
     
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    Got any oak or maple trees? Can use some branches from those trees. Welcome!
     
  10. CrabbyLady

    CrabbyLady Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Aww, thanks for the welcome! Unfortunately, oak and maple trees aren't really scarce, but kind of harder to find here in the deep south. We have more pine trees than anything. :p There may be a couple of oak trees in my Mom's front yard, though! We'll have to check that out.

    Are Magnolia trees evergreens?
     
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    Evergreen trees are those whose leaves or needles stay green all winter long. Some of the trees in this group are called conifers. While these trees stay green all year, they do shed leaves or needles over time, they just don't shed them all at once as do the shade trees and the flowering trees.
     
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    Both my pieces of wood were bought from the pet store, they were with all the hermit crab stuff. Please tell me they're safe. I couldn't tell you now what kind they are.
     
  13. CrabbyLady

    CrabbyLady Hi, I'm New Here!

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    I'm no expert, but if you've had them for quite a while and no harm has been done... I'd think they were safe. :)

    I always try to remember, though, that not everything stores tout as safe for hermit crabs is ACTUALLY safe for a hermit crab.
     
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    It was probably grapevine and thats ok for hermit crabs. It's all I've seen in pet stores around here.
     
  15. alli'smommy

    alli'smommy "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Yeah, every wood thing I've seen in pet stores is either cholla or grapevine and like vckums said, that's good.
    And like Crabbylady said, everything in stores quoted as "safe for crabs" is NOT safe!!!! Couple of examples--painted shells and food!!! Many other things too! Always check here first before buying anything in question!!
     
  16. dougv

    dougv Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Are Macs Creatures and Critters pet refuge (half logs) safe, I bought one to set up our tank today and then found these post about unsafe wood. It looks like pine but I'am not sure. Going to get our first 2 crabs tuesday and my boys would not be happy if they got sick.
    Mac's Creatures & Critters Pet Refuges at PETCO
    Thanks:)
     
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    Emma Jean (Small Crab)

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    I would be careful about buying wood products and putting them directly into the tank. I have experienced, on more then one occasion, a mite infestation in my tank after buying grape vine or pre-expanded Bed-a-Beast.
     
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    hermiefun "Preparing For Fourth Molt"

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    So if i had a maple tree what do i do with the wood. if i cut some branches off it do i have to like season it first,dry it out or can i just soak it in salt water and put it in the tank?
     
  19. HermitPaws

    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    in my apinion, i'd let it dry out frist then soak it in salt water.
     
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    victoria "Preparing For First Molt"

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    is aspen bad?
     
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