Painted Shells

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Painted Shells

Post by Princess R. » Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:53 pm

I have heard that painted shells are not good, but is there a paint I can use that won't hurt the crabs?
I have 4 purple pinchers. Crush, Bubbles, Sheldon, Sandy, and little Angelo. And I love Jesus! He is the way, the truth and the life, and he knew what he was doing when he made hermit crabs!☺
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Post by aussieJJDude » Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:35 pm

Consider 'dying' the shells using crushed up berries? IMO, theres not really any paint thats safe as they tend to wear off after a while due to the heat/humidity....

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Painted Shells

Post by RiNiKy506 » Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:38 pm

Painted shells are very controversial bc the non toxic paint to us, still may be toxic to them. I personally don’t use the painted shells but if you want to offer them to your crabs, they are your animals. If they pick them or not would be up to them. Forcing them into them and things that they go through to get to the pet stores is just unspeakable, I can’t stand the thought. They are your crabs though, I’m not trying to sound any type of way but you know what is best for your crabbies.


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Post by Princess R. » Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:47 pm

No, I was just wondering if there was a way I could spruce up the tank safely, and also found a way to tell which hermit crab is which.

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Post by Xenocrab » Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:48 pm

We observe our crabs and learn their personalities and attitudes to tell them apart

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Post by purplepincher » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:42 am

mine look so different! salsa is bigger, acorn has the freindliest personality! mango is orange, and shadow is shy and white/purple.
I love my little Acorn! #besthermitcrabever
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and my favorite color is gold! (I like shiny things)

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Post by Hermiesguardian » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:34 am

Princess R. wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:47 pm
No, I was just wondering if there was a way I could spruce up the tank safely, and also found a way to tell which hermit crab is which. Image

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Once they start switching shells, even with a dot of paint, there's no way to know who's who. Unless you really know their personalities.
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Post by curlysister » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:00 pm

I just know mine by size now! Sonny has been larger than Cher since very shortly after I got them.
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Re: Painted Shells

Post by Princess R. » Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:34 am

well Angela and Bubbles are nearly identical, and I used to tell them apart with their painted shells.
I have 4 purple pinchers. Crush, Bubbles, Sheldon, Sandy, and little Angelo. And I love Jesus! He is the way, the truth and the life, and he knew what he was doing when he made hermit crabs!☺
-Ruth A. J. G.

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