This is exactly what he did!Motörcrab wrote:Our Eddie did the same thing in the water. He would stretch way out extending his leg out as far as he can.
Well we didn’t have long to wait. This morning when I peeked in I panicked because it looked like the shell was empty. Then I saw Sparky had pulled far back into the shell with only his one leg out. He was absolutely motionless, not a quivering antenna, nothing. I sat him in water for a minute to see if he revived. Nothing. But no death smell, either. I put my nose right up to his shell opening and he smelled faintly of peanut butter (I left him noshing on mashed banana and powdered pb last night).
Could he be about to molt? I’ve read they can look lifeless when molting. I made a hollow in the sub and covered him with a coco hut. Should I cover the small openings in the coco hut? Should I put any food or water in with him? How long should I leave him undisturbed before checking for signs of molt or death smell?
The only encouraging signs right now are (1) he’s inside the shell—our other crabs that died were hanging out of the shell—and (2) he smells of peanut butter, not death. But then our other crabs did not have a very discernible death smell, either.
So to sum up:
Day 1: We find Sparky at evening, presumably attacked, missing 3 legs and both pincers. We iso him with his ab curled up in a shell opening but not properly in.
Day 2: Sparky is properly shelled with help. He takes lots of water but very little food.
Day 3: Sparky is very active, either scraping food swabs or deep sea diving, all day.
Day 4: Sparky has withdrawn into his shell and appears lifeless. He smells faintly of his last meal (peanut butter). I cover him up in hopes of a molt.
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