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Discussion in 'Molting.' started by CoolDoggy10, Jul 19, 2009.

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  1. CoolDoggy10

    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    I went to the tank and found that Waffles is now molting. He made a tunnel and now he came back up an hour after. Did he change is mind?
     
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    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    SOmetimes pre-molt crabs go down and go up again to find the perfect molt spot. They also dig for fun. Just make sure the sand is right moist and deep and he'll be fine.:D
     
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    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    Waffles is probally digging
     
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    ItsMeg "First Molt, A Success"

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    Waffles, cute name.

    Anywho, crabs like to dig. It's good exorcise- Like climbing.

    However, if Waffles is indeed getting ready to molt, (as always), you should keep a good eye on your humidity and temperature so he doesn't get stressed.

    You should also make sure the sand is moist enough because the dry sand can cave and they could suffocate below it.

    Alot of times bad conditions stress the crabs out. Even when they're not molting.. which can result in death :eek:
     
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    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    Waffles isn't molting so I am happy
     
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    deedeeiam "First Molt, A Success"

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    Unfortunantly, I don't think I'll be able to say that about slug.

    I had almost the exact same question (plus a little extra) so I figured I would add to this thread rather than start a new one!

    Like Waffles, my Slug is digging like a pirate looking for gold. Slug has also been changing shells 3-4 time *a day* and has since proceeded to freak me out in general. I'm assuming this is possible pre-molt behavior.

    Additionally, if I'm understanding all these threads correctly, once he buries, he'll stay down for however long it takes? He won't come back up for food or water?

    (This molting thing un-nerves me)
     
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    ItsMeg "First Molt, A Success"

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    Slug could be pre-molting. I noticed that a couple of mine made a change into a smaller shell before they molted.

    How long do they stay down? It just depends on the size of the crab. The larger ones stay down longer but molt less often. The smaller ones tend to molt multiple times per year and the molt isn't as long.

    Just keep a good eye on your conditions AND Slug and I'm sure everything well be okay :D
     
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    deedeeiam "First Molt, A Success"

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    He stays down a day, maybe two.
     
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    strawberryskittle (Small Crab)

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    I think that was a rhetorical question ;) My small one, that I'm pretty confident molted, was out of sight for 23 days. It was about 5/8 inch. I was worried too, thought it might have died or something, but then one morning it just APPEARED! :D So long as the conditions are fine, Im sure they'll do what they need to do alright.
     
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    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    When it been a month I would investigate but that seems long for a molt
     
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    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Actually, I wouldn't investigate until theres a weird smell and you are 100% sure it isnt rotting food or mold, or until 2 months has past for a teeny/micro/small, and 3-4 months for a medium, and maybe even 6 months for a large/jumbo. Molts very oftenly take 1 month long, My first molt was by a small, it took him maybe 3-4 weeks about a month.
     
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    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    Holy cow I feel sorry for people with big crabs.
     
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    MoribundMaverick (Small Crab)

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    Yea... I left my hermit crabs at home this last semester because I had them in a tank that was too big for the dorm to allow. My mom noticed that my big(almost jumbo) went down in late April. I got out of school mid-May and he was still down... didn't come back up until about a week ago. So I guess he was down for three months. That's a short molt for him, from what I've heard with other people that have crabs about the same size.
     
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