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will a hermie leave his shell to molt?

Discussion in 'Emergency Care - 911.' started by codergirl, Apr 26, 2007.

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  1. codergirl

    codergirl Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Hi I am not real good at this yet. Last night one of my mid size hermies left her shell and dug a hole next to it she is not covered with sand she is just hanging out in a hole in the side of a hole. I do not know whether to leave her be or try and move her to my isolated tank. Any ideas Thanks!
     
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    Crabbybeach (Medium Crab)

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    No they bury themselfs under the sand,and stay in their sjell.
     
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    jeswwjd23 (Small Crab)

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    actually crabbybeach. they can come out of their shell before a molt most, i've had it happen a couple of times, and they'll molt without a shell.
     
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    justine "Never Molted"

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    To Codergirl:

    When a crab molts, he sheds his exo skeleton. It can look just like a dead crab laying there, but when you look closer, it is just an empty crab suit.
    None of mine have left their shell to molt. When ever they have molted above the ground, the exo would be laying there near them, and the crab would be curled up tight in his shell.
    Even if a crab left his shell to actually molt, he would not stay out of his shell for very long, because he would be very soft and vulnerable to other crabs or predators in the wild.

    If your crab is completely out of his shell, there could be something wrong with him. Have you had a chance to read the basic caresheets yet? Temperature and humidity are very important, and could be a reason for a crab to completely leave his shell.
     
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    Crabbybeach (Medium Crab)

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    Well they bury them selfs with or without a shell. It depends on the crab
     
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    Crabbybeach (Medium Crab)

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    I know I just forgot too put that.
     
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    Crabbybeach (Medium Crab)

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    Yeah when I was very new to hermit crabs one of mine molted,and I saw his ecoskelton and I thight he was dead. Then I look in the shell and I saw him,and I was thank GOD:D
     
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    codergirl Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Well he is still out of his shell and still alive it has been 7 days so I just have her in the iso tank with lots of shells to choose from and a good supply of foood and water. The temp and humidity are fine.
     
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