What do you do if you picked up your hermit crab while molting?
Put it back down immediately! They cannot be disturbed during this process because even the slightest bit of stress can kill them. They burrow underground and molt there which can take weeks to months. No matter how curious you are, never dig them out. I would suggest to not mess with him anymore
A molting hermit crab is a period when a hermit crab sheds its exoskelton. From time to time your crab must shed its exoskeleton in order to grow.
Nothing really. It is probably molting or just trying to get some shade. Look up " What should you do when your hermit crab is molting? " for what to do when your hermit crab is molting. Or just type in " molting " to know what molting is.
You should actually let your crab alone. Because sometimes if you put a hermit crab under the sand he wont know and will probably die from dehydration or hunger. The best thing to do would be to put something that will divide the hermit crab who is molting from the others so they will all leave him/her while she or he is molting.
No, you cannot. You have to put them in separate cages when they' re molting.
If it is molting underground, leave it there. Don't dig it up! This could interrupt the molting process and cause the hermit crab to come above ground before it is ready, and it could still be vulnerable, and its' cage mates could eat it. Just spray the area the hermit crab is in specially a few times a day. If the hermit crab is NOT above ground and it molted above ground, put the hermit… Read More
It will usually be molting for a month or two. It's important that you try to leave your crab alone when it's molting.
Your hermit crab drank all of the water and her shell is full of water and now she is deep in the dirt is she molting?
Yes your crab is molting she took the water down with her so she can keep hydrated while underground for awhile.
Hermit crabs molt when they feel the need to. Nothing is wrong with your crab if it hasn't molted. :)
You should just leave the crab alone because molting is very stressful for a hermit crab.
The best thing to do is leave it alone. Make sure you have at least 3 inches of substrate (sand; coconut bedding; etc.) to molt/also known as shedding it's outer skin. Once your hermit crab is finished molting do NOT remove it's previous exoskeleton. Hermit crabs eat their old exoskeleton so their new exoskeleton will harden. Make sure your hermit crab is in an isolated tank (meaning there are no other crabs in the tank)… Read More
i think it was 10 years
No, it is most likely molting.
Yes. When a hermit crab is molting, it reserves energy by not moving. The old skin will be shed and look like a ghost crab. Make sure that your hermit crab has plenty of water in it's dish or sponge as humidity is a great help to him or her during this process.
This question makes no sense.If you are asking why YOUR hermit crab is all beat up, the chances are that another crab got to him while he was molting and still soft, and caused him some serious damage. http://www.hermitcrabparadise.com is a great place to go and ask this question and give more detail about what you think might have happened.
you don't need to do anything a hermit crab will do it itself. if a hermit crab losses a leg it will grow back. it will grow back after molting.
Your Hermit Crab is not naked it is just molting into a different shell,mostly a bigger one.So don't be suprised if he/she is "naked".
they burrow or nest to go through a molting process or just to get away for a while
Crab molting is a normal process. Be sure not to overstress your crab during it's molting and let the hermit crab eat its exoskeleton because it provides nutrients it needs to gather its strength it lost from the molt if it doesn't eat it then you can discard it.
some of them
Yes, if they are molting, another hermit crab will eat it alive... its the way they work
what it looks like is a naked hermit crab so if your hermit crab isn't picking it shell for almost a day get more changing shells so if your hermit crab is naked don't worry just give them some time
u Hermit crabs have signs an about to molt. But when they do molt, they dig underground, and depending on size it will stay underground for weeks to months. My hermit crab is small and stayed underground molting for a month and a half. Do NOT dig your hermit crab up! if you think it's dead smell the tank if it smells like dead fish them a hermie is dead :(.
No, shedding their exoskeletons means that the hermit crab is molting. When hermit crabs molt, they should be put in an isolation tank for safety from the other crabs (hermit crabs love the scent and taste of freshly shed skin...), and after the hermit crab finishes molting, it eats it's exoskeleton for calcium. (If you thing that your hermit crab is dead, it should have a very stinky fish smell)
It is not an emergency your hermit crab is probably just molting or sleeping. Make sure that it has enough food, water,and lots of love and care.
Hermit crab molting is a very important part of your new little friend’s life and is vital if he is to grow and even replenish damaged or lost limbs. It refers to shedding of the exoskeleton and formation of a new exoskeleton. I know a lot of new owners really worry about the molting process and are concerned if they have had their crabs for a while and no molting has occurred. As a rule… Read More
Yes, a hermit crab will grow its let back if it has lost one when it molts. It's easier to see if your hermit crab has signs of molting. If its lost a leg you will see that the leg will start to turn into a gelatin like substance. Which tells you its going inot the stage of molting.
Yes, it is a must having substrate when a hermit crab molts. And sand is the best of all substrates because it is soft and easy to dig into. Other substrates like gravel can harm a hermit crab if it gets into their shell, and it's very hard for them to dig comfortably into, which is why I highly recommend using sand as your molting and main substrate
possibly, but most likely no. the outside should crumble/break/crack, allowing it to come out. Another view: Your pet hermit crab should molt under the substrate (sand, or Eco Earth, NOT calci sand, which hardens like a rock when it gets wet and dries, never use as a substrate. put in their food dish instead). There are occasions when the hermit crab will surface molt, but this is not normal. Most often there is not appropriate… Read More
it means they are molting or diging for fun its as simple as that
It's hard to tell the difference if a Hermit Crab is molting or dead. Usually if it's out of it's shell and not moving, partly out of it's shell and not moving, and occasionally inside it's shell, a hermit crab is either dead or molting. If it smells like rotting fish, the crab is dead. The only thing you can do is wait and leave it alone, isolated. It could take days or weeks to… Read More
No, they don't unless there is a problem and your hermit crab has chosen to surface molt. In that case, he needs darkness and the best thing to do is give him a hidey such as a cocohut or other shelter so he can keep himself in darkness. Never ever disturb a molting hermit crab if it can be avoided. if a crab does surface molt, it is vital that you section him off from… Read More
When a hermit crab grows it's called molting, they go underground for months to molt.
just until they find the right shell
It usually takes anywhere from 4-8 weeks. The bigger the crab the longer it takes. My hermit crab has been in and out of molting about 5 times. He molts about once a year for a month each time. The frequency with which a hermit crab molts varies, depending on the size and growth rate of the crab. Smaller, quickly growing hermit crabs may molt every few months, while larger crabs may only molt once… Read More
You should not touch it or else you will harm him. And you should make sure he has clean water and food when he is molting because it he comes out he will need them.
if a hermit crab is burrying themselves it means they are molting dont distureb it usually takes two to three weeks
it means that it is time for it to grow and will change it's shell when it is done. If you see the shedded exoskeleton, DO NOT REMOVE IT because the hermit crab will be hungry and will eat the exoskeleton for calcium. my hermit crab is eating his molted claw right now... kinda wierd though
Yes, they are scavengers and will eat their own kind. They can smell the weakness of a hermit crab when it molts and some kill the molting hermie to eat. They dont stop to think thats my own kind, they just have a sense that says eat.
yes, but not too bad, rather than a light smell
Your hermit crab just came out of its shell but now its gone back in it and isint moving What is wrong?
Hermit crabs are nocturnal, so it sounds like your hermit must have gone to sleep. Mine has slept for a week, once! If you get home and you find your hermit crab out of it's shell and looking see-through, then it has molted. Hermits usually molt on their 'birthday' but stay in their shells a while prior to molting.
They climb into another. Had a hermit crab once - it switched shells every couple weeks or so.
Your hermit crab will act kind of different. They might not come out of their shell for days. If you notice, a hermit crab will have hairy legs and black tips. Right before your hermit crab molts, you will notice there won't be many hairs or black tips, and they will appear worn down. But be careful, because a molting crab can be mistaken for a dead hermit crab. If your hermit crab has died… Read More
It means that they are shedding their old exoskeleton and getting a new one, that's how they grow.
if he/she wont move on his/her own and will not eat as much as it used to. HOPE ITS OKAY :)
It often becomes lethargic, will dig, bathe more, and eat more.
Hermit crabs usually take about a month (4 weeks) to about 6 weeks to molt. Some might take less time, so might take more time but thats the approximate molting period.
Yes, a hermit crab can regrow a lost leg (or any limb) within it's next couple of molts if conditions are good for molting. However, dropping legs is a sign of stress for hermit crabs.
umm, it proably doesnt have a baby in its shell. just let it molt.
pick it up by the shell if it falls out of the shell its dead :(
If you have 2 hermit crabs and 1 is molting should you move the hermit crab that is not moving to a different cage?
yes you should because if you don't the other one will eat the molter