Telling the gender of my crabs...

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Telling the gender of my crabs...

Post by robinwhiskers » Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:57 pm

Okay, so I have two young purple pincher hermit crabs. I got them in late September, and they haven't really grown, but they haven't molted yet. Anyway, I finally decided to try and tell their genders. My braver one came out far enough that I'm pretty sure she has no gonopores, and my shyer one came out enough that I don't think she does either. (I didn't force her to come out that far! Oh, and I'm just used to calling them girls, so I'm still saying she for now) Anyway, so does that mean they're probably male? Because they're very small and young, I didn't know that if they're female, overtime their gonopores become visible?
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Re: Telling the gender of my crabs...

Post by pandaincognito » Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:20 am

You might have to wait for them to do a few molts before you can tell for sure. I have a small/med who is female, but two smaller crabs that I assume are males. The small/med is the only one with the holes
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2 small pp, smeegle (m), shellshock (m); 1 small/medium pp, shelldon (f), 1 medium/large pp, Godzilla (m)
1 dog, bender the min pin. And one betta named Henry. I dont know if its a boy or a girl, its still pretty young.

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Re: Telling the gender of my crabs...

Post by DarthKrab » Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:17 pm

Telling the gender can be difficult sometimes.. My crab Frankie was one of those. She didn't come out much and when she did it was hard to tell. But a day or two later she ended up going through a surface molt and after she had fully recovered I checked again and turns out she was definitely a she!

So if you ever decide to pick up some more friends and can't tell the difference but really want to name them, you could give them a name that works for either gender :) Frankie Sinatra was originally Frank Sinatra but that obviously wasn't going to work once I found out the gender hahaha.

I feel bad for getting Frankie while she was finalizing the preparations for a molt but at the same time I'm glad I was able to rescue her! It was also a very good learning experience because now I know that crabs can get sluggish and become very inactive right before a molt.
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Re: Telling the gender of my crabs...

Post by robinwhiskers » Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:28 pm

My new crab Henry I got on Thursday I called a boy just cause, but that night he climbed up against the glass and I could clearly see gonopores! I'm trying to give Lola a nickname that'll make me remember his gender...maybe even something weird like Lolo or something.
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Re: Telling the gender of my crabs...

Post by DarthKrab » Wed May 04, 2016 11:21 am

robinwhiskers wrote:My new crab Henry I got on Thursday I called a boy just cause, but that night he climbed up against the glass and I could clearly see gonopores! I'm trying to give Lola a nickname that'll make me remember his gender...maybe even something weird like Lolo or something.
Low-rider?
Loco?
Cocoa?
Alright now I'm just starting to rhyme... lol
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Re: Telling the gender of my crabs...

Post by robinwhiskers » Fri May 06, 2016 7:47 pm

Lol I think Cocoa is a bit out of the box! ;) I've been calling her Lolo. Ugh, I mean I'm calling HIM Lolo. Ugh I still need to get used to this!
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