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post #1 of 9 Old 11-23-2012, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
Hermit crab molting

OK, I found the exoskeleton (I hope) of one of my hermit crabs in the tank today. I can't find the shell he was in so I'm hoping he just molted and is in hiding right now? He changed shells about 2 weeks ago or so and seemed to be doing fine. Am I panicing over nothing and just need to wait it out? I picked the crab (or his shed, whichever it is) out of the tank.
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-23-2012, 10:12 AM
They tend to keep out of sight for a few days til their exoskeletons harden. And tough call on if he got another shell or not.
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post #3 of 9 Old 11-23-2012, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
Dont see any of the empty shells missing. Hope you;re right and he's just hiding for now. Time will tell.
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-23-2012, 03:41 PM
Yup. Patience now. Were you able to see him running around before the molt?
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-23-2012, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
Nope, only found the remains.
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post #6 of 9 Old 11-23-2012, 06:51 PM
Ok, sounds about right. Try checking for him at night after the lights go out.
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post #7 of 9 Old 11-23-2012, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
will do!
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-26-2012, 03:33 AM Thread Starter
Welp, 4 days later, HE'S BACK! Came out of hiding within the last hour or so. I've been rearranging the kenya tree and hammer coral trying to get them in the right spots. I stirred up a little of the substrate while I was in there. Maybe that finally peaked his interest to emerge. Happy dad!

Here he is!
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