Crab sleeping from screen lid

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Crab sleeping from screen lid

Post by Crusty12 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:22 pm

My hermit crab has never done this before but he Is sleeping i believe upside down on my screen lid. Is this normal? I never had a hermit crab do this before but one time I did catch him sleeping in the plants up high. He has places to get down and he was fine this morning and I do have plastic wrap on the lid temp and humidity are fine. Just wanted to know if I should be concerned.

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9. How many crabs are in the tank and about how large are they?

10. How many extra shells are usually kept in the tank, if any?

11. Have there been any fumes or chemicals near the crabitat recently?

12. How often do you clean the tank and how?

13. Are sponges used in the water dish? If so, how are they cleaned?

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Re: Crab sleeping from screen lid

Post by BlookittiePC » Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:26 pm

He should be ok. Many crabs will find a way to get to the highest point in the tank, and mine have stayed there all day sometimes. He will also likely be ok of he falls, as many crabs in captivity have fallen from second levels and walked away unscathed. Just make sure he can't escape. :D
One amazing PP: Jarvis, who has been with me since 7/14/18, and is now chilling in a 29 gallon tank!
And two cats: Beanie and Delia

I'm still pretty new to this and I'm trying to learn all I can!

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