Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:04 am
I'm really new to taking care of crabs. I got one (his name's Helix) near the end of my freshman year in college from my biology class and had no idea how to take care of him. I got online and learned about the conditions he'd need, but I didn't have a lot of room in my dorm so the poor guy had to stay in a critter carrier. When I got home I bought a ten gallon tank and got it all set up for him with lots of sand and shells and things to climb on and a new friend (this was in early May). The new guy (Dome) is quite a bit smaller than Helix but after their initial meeting (where Helix flipped Dome over and checked him out) they got along fine and everything was going well. About a week after I put Dome in the tank they both disappeared under the sand. I've read a lot of other discussions on here about new hermies burying themselves for a destressing period so I left them alone. I put in fresh food and water every night and kept the temperature and humidity in a good range. However, it's been a little over a month now, neither of them have come back up, and I'm starting to get worried. I don't think either one is dead because it doesn't smell like there's something dead in there and every now and then I'd hear one of them digging (although it's been a few days since I heard any). I don't know if either one was ready to molt because they didn't seem to be eating a whole lot and I didn't see a sac or anything (although I hadn't handle either one much that week because I wanted them to get used to their new home without me scaring them). So hopefully you guys can help me, because I don't know what to do. My dad thinks I should dig them up, but I don't want to bother or possibly hurt them. Does anyone have any suggestions?