Possible mite?

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Possible mite?

Post by Brenna7503 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:53 pm

Hi, I observed what I believe might be a might on one of my crabs, Josephina, it looked like a tiny grain of sand and moved really fast, what could it be? I’m fairly new and just worried about her :)

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Re: Possible mite?

Post by DevilNDisguise » Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:06 pm

Could definitely be mites. Not all mites are bad, though! A lot of the time, people will get food mites in their tanks.

Maybe check out this post. It has a lot of pictures of different types of mites that are possible in hermit crab enclosures: viewtopic.php?f=124&t=92530

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Re: Possible mite?

Post by JoeHermits » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:45 pm

That doesn’t sound like a hermit crab mite. If it’s small, white, and moves fast it’s probably just a hitchhiking food mite. They’re harmless.

Hermit crab mites are more sedentary and will attach to the face and joints.

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