hermit crab seems to have molted in a span of a few days?

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hermit crab seems to have molted in a span of a few days?

Post by dontmemeinmyjammies » Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:39 pm

I'm not really sure if it actually molted, but since I can see an exoskeleton through the glass and I can see its antennas flickering with a new body, I think it did. Every website says that molting takes a long time which is why I'm confused since my hermit crab only started a few days ago and now it seems almost ready to be on the move again. I have not disturbed it and it has been isolated.

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Post by curlysister » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:43 pm

Did your crab molt on the surface?
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Post by dontmemeinmyjammies » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:59 pm

yes. idk why he didn't choose to go farther down. he like half buried himself in a corner right next to the glass.

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Post by curlysister » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:43 pm

Hmmm....a surface molt means that something may not be right in your tank conditions.
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Re: hermit crab seems to have molted in a span of a few days?

Post by wodesorel » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:26 pm

The actual shedding process is really quick, just a couple of hours. It's the build up to shedding, and the recovery after, that takes so long. Tiny crabs can be done and moving in under a week, but most crabs need a recovery period of a few weeks to get back to normal. This is why they dig down and stay down for a month or more.
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Re: hermit crab seems to have molted in a span of a few days?

Post by dontmemeinmyjammies » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:31 pm

ok, thanks for the help guys

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