Cannibalism

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Cannibalism

Post by Julsie » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:59 pm

I have 10 hermies. All but 2(maybe 3) are burrowed. I see a lot of posts that hermies will eat other hermies who are molting. Should I be worried that could happen? Or is that only a thing when one crab is molting and another one isn’t.


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Re: Cannibalism

Post by Crabby7Crabber » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:41 pm

I'm no expert, but as long as you have enough substrate and food they should be fine. Seeing your tank from the other post I think they're ay-okay (maybe try to shoo Big Poppa away from the food if he's camping, though, so the other crabbies can eat :lol:)!
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Re: Cannibalism

Post by JoeHermits » Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:33 pm

Molters generally try to avoid each other. If everyone has plenty of space and food cannibalism usually isn’t an issue.


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Re: Cannibalism

Post by Motörcrab » Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:34 pm

Cannibalism generally happens when you don't have deep enough substrate for a molting crab to bury properly. When they shed their exo the crab releases a smell that other crabs find appealing and seek out. As long as you offer a proper diet for your crabs you shouldn't have much to worry about. Lack of calcium's and animal proteins will raise the chance of your crabs becoming Dahmer's, Gein's, or Fish.
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