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Molting?

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:26 pm
by Prosati
Hi, I recently got 3 new land hermit crabs. They were pretty. I had their 10 gallon tank set up with a couple inches of coconut fiber substrate for about 3/4 and about 1/4 of sand with a side mounted heat pad. I made sure I was able to keep the humidity and temperature consistent for a few days before getting the crabs. Once I brought them home, one of them, named Roll, changed shells that very night! He is definitely the biggest out of the 3. They all seem to get along well and they all like to sleep and hideout in a little coconut shelter that has moss in it.

Recently, I noticed that another one of my crabs, Spike, started acting like he was digging in one spot although not really moving. Today as I was changing the food and water and adding some more substrate, I found the top of his shell buried in the substrate. I did not touch it and left it alone as I finished changing things.
- could this be him molting? The shell has been there all day long and I do not plan on picking it up to see if he is inside.

Thanks!


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Re: Molting?

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:27 pm
by aussieJJDude
He may be, he also may just be chilling.

Regardless, as long as the substrate is deep enough - I encourage to have at least 6 inches, but more is certainly better! - it gives them sufficient depth to moult without being disturbed.

Re: Molting?

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:50 am
by Prosati
I think it may be molting because when I got up this morning, there was a lot of substrate moved over the spot and I can see what looks like a little tunnel


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