Can hermit crabs eat tarantula molts?

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Can hermit crabs eat tarantula molts?

Post by Stephjan51015 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:00 pm

I would assume so, but I guess my question moreso is, has anyone given their crabs a tarantula molt?

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Re: Can hermit crabs eat tarantula molts?

Post by Maddamay32 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:24 pm

I didn't even know spiders molt lol

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Can hermit crabs eat tarantula molts?

Post by JoeHermits » Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:15 pm

Well, it’s primarily chiton, so spider exoskeletons in general should be safe.

However, I’m not sure how much I’d trust having urticating hairs on their food.

Edit: chiton, not keratin


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Re: Can hermit crabs eat tarantula molts?

Post by wodesorel » Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:19 pm

I'm with Joe on this. It should be okay in theory, but those defensive hairs are made to cause damage to anything that could be a bother. I wouldn't offer it to mine without more evidence it's safe, hermit abdomens are soft!
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