Length of Time for Molting???

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Length of Time for Molting???

Post by julie71e » Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:59 pm

Does anyone know what's the longest amount of time crabs molt?

2 of my Hermit Crabs have been underground since October. Yes, October. I'm worried they might be dead.

I won't dig them up, just in case.

The tank doesn't smell like anything's dead.

They're both 4 years old. They have never molted for more than 2.5 months.

I'm very worried.

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Re: Length of Time for Molting???

Post by Hermiesguardian » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:42 pm

julie71e wrote:Does anyone know what's the longest amount of time crabs molt?

2 of my Hermit Crabs have been underground since October. Yes, October. I'm worried they might be dead.

I won't dig them up, just in case.

The tank doesn't smell like anything's dead.

They're both 4 years old. They have never molted for more than 2.5 months.

I'm very worried.
From what I've read it's possible they can take up to 8 months.
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Post by wodesorel » Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:04 am

Yep, we had a trusted member who had one down for 8 months straight.
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Post by leah610 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:19 am

julie71e wrote:Does anyone know what's the longest amount of time crabs molt?

2 of my Hermit Crabs have been underground since October. Yes, October. I'm worried they might be dead.

I won't dig them up, just in case.

The tank doesn't smell like anything's dead.

They're both 4 years old. They have never molted for more than 2.5 months.

I'm very worried.
I have a crab that has been down since September. I'm also worried, but it's best to wait and see!


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Post by GotButterflies » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:42 am

Try not to worry! I know it is easier said than done! They can come up when you aren't aware, and then go back down. :)

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Post by crabby33 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:49 am

I have a crab that's molting right now and he's been down almost three weeks. I know he'll eventually re-surface. I've been steeling myself NOT to dig for him.


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Post by StarGirlxo » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:13 am

julie71e wrote:Does anyone know what's the longest amount of time crabs molt?

2 of my Hermit Crabs have been underground since October. Yes, October. I'm worried they might be dead.

I won't dig them up, just in case.

The tank doesn't smell like anything's dead.

They're both 4 years old. They have never molted for more than 2.5 months.

I'm very worried.
The older they get the longer they molt don't worry they could take up to 3 to 4 months

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Re: Length of Time for Molting???

Post by julie71e » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:02 pm

Thank you all. I just couldn't imagine they would have enough shell water saved up for this long. I feel better now.

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Post by soilentgringa » Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:17 pm

julie71e wrote:Thank you all. I just couldn't imagine they would have enough shell water saved up for this long. I feel better now.
They have a special organ on their body that stores nutrients and fluid, called a molting sac. This sustains them during the process.

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Post by wodesorel » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:20 pm

They also go into a hibernation-like state which slows their need for sustenance. Between that and the molt sac, they can survive months underground without dying of starvation and dehydration, so long as the substrate they are in is kept moist to prevent dessication.
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