Large shell... small crab.

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Large shell... small crab.

Post by Irvingsmom » Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:40 pm

Irving decided to change pants last night. He is a bitty little crab who decided to pick the largest shell on the crabitat to crawl into. Is he gonna be ok? I imagine the shell is awfully heavy and I think he’s being stubborn and not wanting to leave it. I am a new crab mom and just need some peace of mind!

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Post by Xenocrab » Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:14 pm

If he doesn't like it, he will find new pants!

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Post by Crabby7Crabber » Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:31 pm

Agreeing with Xenocrab: if he doesn't like his pants, he can return them and get a refund (a.k.a. new shell).
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Post by Xenocrab » Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:35 pm

Every individual crab has his/own preference when it comes to shells. As long as they have a variety to choose from, they will be ok.

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Post by CrabbyLover77 » Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:33 pm

My crab Kaulder is def in pajamas that are too big for him, but he doesn't seem to mind and carries it around ok. If your crabby gets uncomfortable he'll switch.

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Post by Irvingsmom » Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:50 am

Thanks guys! This all makes me feel so much better :)

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Re: Large shell... small crab.

Post by Renroc » Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:45 pm

Be prepared for the crab to go down for a molt. One of my babies (yes captive bred baby) did that at 18mths of age... Changed out of an 8mm shell into a 15mm.... I thought he would give it up quickly but nope... Then he vanished for a couple of weeks and came back heaps bigger and filling that shell nicely.
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Re: Large shell... small crab.

Post by Irvingsmom » Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:23 pm

Update on Irving-
He found a smaller better fitting shell today :) silly little guy.

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Re: Large shell... small crab.

Post by CrabbyLover77 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:34 pm

Irvingsmom wrote:Update on Irving-
He found a smaller better fitting shell today :) silly little guy.
Yay! Image

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