Video of Hermit Crabs Mating!

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Video of Hermit Crabs Mating!

Post by wodesorel » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:44 pm

I can't believe I was able to catch this and actually get most of it on film! The entire thing took over three hours and I believe that I walked in late to the party so I have no idea when it started. My camera kept filling up too quickly so there are gaps where I had to offload the video. I apologize for the camera work, the quality, and the reflections - I was not expecting this and only my "camera" camera had a charge, which failed too soon! (The kitties got lots of huggles after for being patient with me, btw. :lol:)

The entire PP tank has been agitated for weeks now - lots of "chasing" each other around, and fighting, and generally being cranky and worked up. Now I know why. :lol: I think the secret as to why this year they are mating and last year they didn't is the excess heat (it's 90 in there today, where they were mating) and the extra humidity from the peat moss substrate. I am very shocked that I have one crab with eggs already and yet they are still mating now.

The crab in the diamond cut shell is Mighty Man, who came home last summer. The crab underneath him is a female although I don't know for sure who she is. You can see NINE other males trying to get in there to have a chance with her!

I didn't take any still pictures as I would have had to use the flash and I didn't want to disturb them. They didn't seem concerned about me filming, which was great. :) I was a little afraid that being too close would interfere, but it didn't seem to.

This all took place on the top left platform, under the fern:
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Descriptions of the vids are on youtube. 1 and 3 are long.

Video 1 - The Warm Up

Video 2 - The Actual Act

Video 3 - Post-Copulatory Guarding


I checked her a little bit ago (without removing her from the tank, so no photos yet) and she hung right out of her shell for me and she does have a huge mass of fresh bright-orange eggs!!!! :D


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Re: Video of Hermit Crabs Mating!

Post by Happy Crabber » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:55 pm

Wow!
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Re: Video of Hermit Crabs Mating!

Post by wolfnipplechips » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:01 pm

It's so unbelievably perfect! AMAZING footage wodesorel. Just WOW!!!
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Post by wodesorel » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:20 pm

Thanks! :D


And she POSED for me before we ran out to pick up dinner!

Eggs, 4 hours old:

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Re: Video of Hermit Crabs Mating!

Post by Charper » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:23 pm

WOW! :D That is really a great video! I can't believe how early the eggs are visible either. Looks like you'll have tons of babies around your place. ;)
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Re: Video of Hermit Crabs Mating!

Post by kuza » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:40 pm

so crazy cool, really

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Post by CrabbyMom33 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:01 pm

Wonderful video! I do have to say I sat here laughing when at about 24 seconds in on the third one where you obviously had to scoot a kitty away from the filming. lol
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Re: Video of Hermit Crabs Mating!

Post by wolfnipplechips » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:05 pm

Awesome!!! Wod, that middle video is going to go down in history. Seriously. I can't get over it. :freak:
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Post by CrabbyIrene » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:07 pm

Omg! Love is in the air around this place! Congrats to you!
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Post by Rocky » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:14 pm

Wow! The videos are great :) I love how all the males keep grabbing at her ;) Mighty Man sure is dedicated!
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Re: Video of Hermit Crabs Mating!

Post by SoulLonely » Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:43 am

How exciting :)
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Re: Video of Hermit Crabs Mating!

Post by RedbirdFL » Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:46 am

Amazing videos! That's awesome that you were able capture that on film. Thanks for sharing the videos and the photo with us!
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