New to molting - need reassurance!

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New to molting - need reassurance!

Post by HermieCrabs » Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:45 pm

Hi! We are pretty new to hermit crab ownership. We have three crabbies and two are now under. They are both medium-sized crabs, maybe the size of a quarter? All three crabs have seemed pretty healthy - I've observed all of them happily feasting and climbing, and two of them have been switching shells recently. The two that went under both ate a lot before they went down. One has been down about a week and the other about two days. The second one had a pocket next to the glass for a while which was cute, but he moved further away from it after a while, so I'm not positive where in the tank they are now.

The tank is closely monitored for temp and humidity. It hovers around 80 for temperature and 85-90 for humidity. It does often get condensation (probably because we have the AC on now) so I wipe it down, but I'm making sure the sand stays pinchable. We feed them an assortment of food including mixes from an Etsy maker, worm castings, greensand, eggshells, popcorn, freeze dried shrimp/mealworms and rotating fresh fruits/veggies. I have cuttlebone and calcium-rich foods ready for post-molting too.

I guess I just need reassurance that they are going to be okay! I am worried about them being under that long. I've read that it can be a few months before they resurface, and that just seems so long! I know I need to trust that they know what they're doing... right?

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Re: New to molting - need reassurance!

Post by MauiMama » Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:56 pm

I know your struggle. I worry every single day that I don't see them above-ground. I also wonder how they can go so long without eating, drinking, seeing the light of day! My new crab has only been buried a week and I'm already panicked.

But one of the care sheets said something that really stuck with me, and that's the fact that these guys have been doing this for thousands of years in the wild without our help. They do know what they are doing. We just have to provide them the optimal conditions in which to do so. It sounds like you're doing a good job caring for them!

Be prepared for the long haul - they can molt for several months!

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Re: New to molting - need reassurance!

Post by Wlfwo » Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:40 pm

Everything sounds good and I'd like to say that the first molt is the hardest, but it really doesn't get any easier. We just have to wait it out.

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Re: New to molting - need reassurance!

Post by HermieCrabs » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:59 am

Thank you both... It's good to hear that everyone worries about this! I think I'll feel a lot better when they come from this first time and I can see that everything worked out... It's so so hard to wait and not see/hear from them though!


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Re: New to molting - need reassurance!

Post by HermieCrabs » Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:01 am

Update: All three crabs are back up! Phew!!! They are looking hungry but healthy and happy.

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Re: New to molting - need reassurance!

Post by MauiMama » Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:24 am

Congratulations! It's such a relief!

That's funny, the crab I was worried about just came up to say hi a couple days ago too!

I'm happy to hear your friends are all up and around!

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