What is that??!!

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What is that??!!

Post by ROSIEonFIRE » Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:05 pm

Ok so I was checking out my crabitat when I saw something which really disturbed me. It looks like a huge worm living in my crabs shell with him, coming out and wriggling around and then sucking back in. OMG I am so freaked I literally feel nauseous.

I took a vid but I'm having a hard time getting it to load so heres a screen grab from the vid. Just imagine that writhing around and you'll have the idea. If necessary I'll figure out how to post the vid.



Please please please please please tell me it's just some sort of crazy inner leg. It looked to me like a worm cleaning the crab to harvest food but I guess it could have just been some sort of weird cleaning appendage??Image

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Re: What the BLEEP is that??!!

Post by SilverHermits » Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:35 pm

Don't worry, that is just on of the hermit crab's (many) legs, it's not a worm. I believe it's function are, cleaning itself, removing poop, extra pair of legs to hold onto the shell, I heard somewhere they also clean and move eggs if it's a female. Most people call them 'alien legs' which is appropriate :lol:

All crabs have them (I've seen them myself) those legs are creepy and interesting at the same time.
I have had hermit crabs for over 9 years so far (Yes, I got them when I was 7) I currently have 6 hermit crabs (last time I checked anyway) split between two tanks, one is a 30 gallon and the other is a 35 gallon with a 15 gallon topper tank. I believe I only have Purple Pinchers.

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Re: What the BLEEP is that??!!

Post by wodesorel » Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:54 pm

😂 Been there, screamed that.

You're in good company! 😉
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Re: What the BLEEP is that??!!

Post by ROSIEonFIRE » Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:24 pm

Omg thank god lol. Man that thing is freaky. Yes, alien, that's exactly what it looks like haha

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Re: What is that??!!

Post by CrabbyLover77 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:55 am

Def gave me the willies!!!

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