Suddenly missing tip of leg?

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Suddenly missing tip of leg?

Post by karlys » Mon May 21, 2018 12:49 am

Hello,

Is there anything other than a fight that could explain the sudden missing of the tip of one of my strawberries' leg? Or was it probably a fight? The missing piece is very small, like not even the entirety of the leg segment, just 1/16-1/8" but noticeable enough because it's flat vs its usual pointy-ness. This straw has molted 2-3x in my care so it definitely happened recently.

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Re: Suddenly missing tip of leg?

Post by soilentgringa » Mon May 21, 2018 1:25 am

Toe tips breaking off is common. This will be repaired during the next molt.

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Re: Suddenly missing tip of leg?

Post by karlys » Mon May 21, 2018 5:23 am

And it's also normal that the wound is a dark gray? I dipped his legs in water to get the sand off to get a better look.

I've had crabs who came to me with entire limbs or segments missing but this is my first mid-segment loss!

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Re: Suddenly missing tip of leg?

Post by soilentgringa » Mon May 21, 2018 11:35 am

karlys wrote:And it's also normal that the wound is a dark gray? I dipped his legs in water to get the sand off to get a better look.

I've had crabs who came to me with entire limbs or segments missing but this is my first mid-segment loss!
Can you post pics?

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Re: Suddenly missing tip of leg?

Post by wodesorel » Mon May 21, 2018 12:32 pm

Yes, it is common for wounds to darken to black. Their exposed flesh hardens off to prevent infection.
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