molting

This forum is where you discuss issues relating to molting hermit crabs, including pre- and post-molting issues. If you are having a molting emergency please post in the Emergency Forum.
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Jaycee
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molting

Post by Jaycee » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:59 am

my crabs routinely burrow themselves and don’t come out for days. the temp reading on the tank wall has consistently been 70. i have one 6x6” heating pad but the crabs don’t target that area to burrow necessarily. humidity reading on tank wall is consistently 40-50.

my question is, how the heck to tell the difference between molting and just burrowing, since my crabs burrow more often than they are above the coconut fiber litter.

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Re: molting

Post by angelbearpuppy » Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:21 am

There is no way to really tell. I have one that burrows down at day and up at night. And two that hide on the surface.

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Re: molting

Post by Hermiesguardian » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:29 am

You won't really know unless you see black tip toenails and hairy legs afterwards. Your humidity needs to be minimum 80%. They have modified gills and need that to breath.
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