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confused about water or land hermits

Post by agentcrabby » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:14 am

so, an acquaintance has two little crabs that he took from the ocean, literally from under water. he has a decent tat with fresh and salt dishes, and says the crabs "converted" into land crabs. I have tried to research to see if they actually "convert", or if they are diff species. Does anyone know?

He wants me to rehome them due to an upcoming move, and I want to know more about these, if I put them with my precious gang.

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Re: confused about water or land hermits

Post by GotButterflies » Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:33 am

I'm not sure, but I think those need to be kept in a saltwater fish tank. Totally separate crustacean. They live underwater all of the time. When I had my saltwater fish tank I had hermits that were underwater ones. I've never heard of anyone "converting" them. I personally do not agree with taking any creature from the wild, unfortunately I guess it is what it is. Adopt don't shop.
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Re: confused about water or land hermits

Post by agentcrabby » Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:41 am

GotButterflies wrote:I'm not sure, but I think those need to be kept in a saltwater fish tank. Totally separate crustacean. They live underwater all of the time. When I had my saltwater fish tank I had hermits that were underwater ones. I've never heard of anyone "converting" them. I personally do not agree with taking any creature from the wild, unfortunately I guess it is what it is. Adopt don't shop.
I agree and would be adopting these from him, due to his move. I just don't know what I am working with.

Could they pose a danger to my hermies?

I could just release them at the beach but that seems wrong since been captive...

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Re: confused about water or land hermits

Post by PinchersAndShells » Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:08 pm

Showing us pictures could be helpful in figuring out whether they are land hermit crabs or marine hermit crabs. They look pretty different.

Edit - As far as I have researched they cannot be converted from MHC to LHC and vice versa.
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Re: confused about water or land hermits

Post by LadyJinglyJones » Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:15 pm

These crabs certainly shouldn't be 'converted' to a land existence.. environmental needs arent really optional for animals. They may not be dead, but they probably aren't healthy. How long has your acquaintance had them?

Whereabouts did the crabs come from? If you posted pics we might be able to figure out what species they are.... that would be something.
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Re: confused about water or land hermits

Post by agentcrabby » Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:39 am

Well I convinced him to return them to the ocean, which is the best solution. Thanks for all the info

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Post by GotButterflies » Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:11 pm

That's great! :)
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Re: confused about water or land hermits

Post by LadyJinglyJones » Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:04 pm

You do good work, agentcrabby. 8)
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Re: confused about water or land hermits

Post by aussieJJDude » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:36 am

In the future, its best to rehome them to a SW setup. In captivity, they have "access" to diseases and foreign bacteria that may be a devastating impact of wild populations or other species in the area.

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Most likely he had crabs that's found around the rockpools near the coast, where they are able to withstand short periods of time out of water.
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