Naked molting crab, had his shell stolen.

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Re: Naked molting crab, had his shell stolen.

Post by LadyJinglyJones » Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:26 pm

It has to be done via a third party site (like tumblr, facebook, instagram, etc.)

If you're not using tappatalk:

You usually have to open the picture in its own window, copy the url, and stick said url between the img code (the button above the text box that says, "img" inserts this).

I'm not so sure of tappatalk.

Here's a link that explains it better:

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Post by bree85 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:00 pm

Im not sure if he is still alive. He is not moving. :(


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Post by bree85 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:13 pm

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Im picking the bits of exo i can get off. Its probably too late.


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Post by bree85 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:00 pm

I feel so horrible! :crybaby: I wish so bad that I hadnt dug them up. I didnt know any better. I cant stop crying. Im pretty sure he's dead and its my fault. I really tried to research them, but I never saw anywhere that its normal for them to be underground for months.

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Re: Naked molting crab, had his shell stolen.

Post by wodesorel » Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:20 pm

They are not sent home with proper information, and the moment you realized there was something wrong you went for help. That is a good owner in my book! Please don't feel horrible, there is a learning curve with hermits and I am very sorry that you got one of the worst possible things to happen. It only gets better from here!!

He may be dead, or he may just be stuck, or in a molting stupor. He is definitely in need of getting that old exo of to have a chance. All of the darker hard part of their body sloughs off forward in one piece when they do it, including their eyes and mouthparts. It looks like an exact replica of them. We used to have photos of a crab surface molting from an old member, but one of the largest photo hosting companies removed all shared images last year and those photos went with it. I don't have anything here to show you, I am not sure if anyone does.

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Post by LadyJinglyJones » Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:37 pm

I strongly agree with wode - you're doing your best with an animal that is widely misunderstood. Try not to feel too badly. It's clear that you care very much about your pets.
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Post by bree85 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:53 pm

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I didnt want to let it go without knowing i did everything i possibly could do to help him, so I used a pair of tweezers and was being SUPER gentle breaking tiny bits off and wiggling pieces loose and I got all of the exoskeleton except his eye stalks, and face area. 4 legs came off in the process, but i kept telling myself. "Omgosh!!! omygosh!! ...Its ok, its ok.... next molt they will regenerate... i read that".
:( there is no movement from him at all, and I dont know what the "death smell" is... but he is smelling fishy.


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Post by bree85 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:45 pm

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Thank you both so much for all your help, and for being so nice. These are my two favorite pictures of Sheldon from happier times.
I'm going to leave him in his little iso tank until there's absolutely no question that he's gone, and if he does suprise me and recover I will post an update here.

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Post by soilentgringa » Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:10 pm

Crush the exo, mix it with raw honey and put that on the end of a qtip. Stick the qtip in the sand by it's mouth parts.

You will have to hand feed it once it hardens up to nurse it back to health.

I've seen one make it through a molt after losing all limbs. It was accidentally boiled in a batch of shells.

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Re: Naked molting crab, had his shell stolen.

Post by leah610 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:44 pm

Any update on this lil guy?


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Re: Naked molting crab, had his shell stolen.

Post by Kaleighshermies » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:30 pm

Woah... I have never seen anything like this before. Very tragic.... Any update on the little guy?
7 PP Hermies I think? Lost count tbh 5 PPs and 2 Es
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