Signs of death?? Maybe Not! Please Read.

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Signs of death?? Maybe Not! Please Read.

Post by OIF_VET » Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:15 am

I recently received a Private message and I have to agree.
Never assume a Hermit Crab is dead until absolutely positive.
Sometimes a Molting crab will go limp and will not show absolute signs
of life. I copied and am pasting 2 key points.

1: It is normal for crabs preparing to molt to go limp and appear to be dead.

2: A Crab should not be presumed dead until it gives off the death smell.

I hope this will help all of us in the future.
I know that I, for one, have felt guilty about the possibility that I may have
unintentionally, inadvertently and accidentally killed a Hermit Crab because I thought it was dead.
OIF_VET :smileflag:
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