Molting or just buried?

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Molting or just buried?

Post by Pebbles » Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:55 am

How do you determine if a crab is molting or just destressing??


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Re: Molting or just buried?

Post by curlysister » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:22 am

You don't. LOL.
Time will tell - when the crab re-surfaces, you should be able to tell if it has molted or not.
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Re: Molting or just buried?

Post by Daffy » Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:17 pm

How long does molting take? It has been over 2 weeks my 2 have been buried. I keep changing the water, (fresh & salt), and food daily. Never touched. Tank doesn't smell.


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Re: Molting or just buried?

Post by Pebbles » Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:25 pm

Daffy wrote:How long does molting take? It has been over 2 weeks my 2 have been buried. I keep changing the water, (fresh & salt), and food daily. Never touched. Tank doesn't smell.
It depends on their size. I have three and two have been buried for about a month now. I just let them be. They'll come out on their own.


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Post by Hermiesguardian » Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:31 pm

They can stay under for months. The smaller they are the quicker it takes but since you never know, just enjoy your "pet sand". Just never dig for them. Keep putting food out. You can do just dry food.
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Post by curlysister » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:09 pm

My larger crab, Sonny, always molts faster than my smaller crab, Cher. Although I caught her above ground for literally one evening, and then she went back down. So maybe her actual molt isn't taking longer, maybe she just likes hanging out under there before or after her molt. She went down May long weekend, came up for one evening in August, then went down again until last weekend! Sonny went down in May and came up in late July.
When both are down, I use dry food only, so I don't have to change it as much.
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Post by CrabbyLover77 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:47 pm

Daffy wrote:How long does molting take? It has been over 2 weeks my 2 have been buried. I keep changing the water, (fresh & salt), and food daily. Never touched. Tank doesn't smell.
I rescued my Petunia on 8/24/19. She went under right away. She just came up last night 10/12/19. So about 7 weeks. She's about quarter size when retracted in her shell. I'm not sure if she molted or not, she might have just been destressing since she wasn't living in proper conditions. So they can hang out "underground" for quite a while. Image

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Re: Molting or just buried?

Post by DevilNDisguise » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:54 pm

Daffy wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:17 pm
How long does molting take? It has been over 2 weeks my 2 have been buried. I keep changing the water, (fresh & salt), and food daily. Never touched. Tank doesn't smell.
Like the others have said, it can vary between each of them, especially because of differences in size.

When I got my first 4, the bigger one was underground for 2-3 months. Might have even been 4, but it's been awhile so I can't remember exactly. But the rest of my smaller ones usually are only down for about a month or two.
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Re: Molting or just buried?

Post by Pebbles » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:14 pm

My crab is back and it has a lot more hair. What does that mean??


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Re: Molting or just buried?

Post by Hermiesguardian » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:34 pm

Pebbles wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:14 pm
My crab is back and it has a lot more hair. What does that mean??


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It molted. It probably has tiny black "fingernails".
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Post by Pebbles » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:37 pm

Hermiesguardian wrote: It molted. It probably has tiny black "fingernails".
Black fingernails??



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Re: Molting or just buried?

Post by Hermiesguardian » Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:14 pm

Pebbles wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:37 pm
Black fingernails??



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The tips of their claws.
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Re: Molting or just buried?

Post by Pebbles » Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:54 pm

Doesn't look like it

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Re: Molting or just buried?

Post by Hermiesguardian » Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:29 pm

That's ok. It's hard to tell though since he's holding onto the mesh.
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Raising daughter's hermit crabs, Shelder, Paras and Derek. Added 2 more of my own (of course) Pete and Stryper. Former mommy to 2 guinea pigs and beloved cat, Nissi

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