new crab digging hole, but not buried

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new crab digging hole, but not buried

Post by bryynja » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:32 pm

heyo, I got a new crab a few days ago, and as far as I know it's pretty normal for new crabs to bury themselves. but this little dude has just dug himself a hole that he just sits in, and it's under his little hide. I haven't found anything about that so I was just wondering what's up with that. does he just like hanging out in his little hole? more just curious rather than concerned.

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Re: new crab digging hole, but not buried

Post by curlysister » Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:50 am

Crabs are funny people. He might just feel safe there. Are your temp and humidity good? Do you have deep enough sub?
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Re: new crab digging hole, but not buried

Post by bryynja » Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:58 am

Yep, all of that stuff is good to go. He just likes his hole in his hut I guess. Especially when he's napping, he won't sleep anywhere else. If he feels safe there then I'm just happy that he feels safe somewhere even though he's a new crab. It's still funny though.


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Re: new crab digging hole, but not buried

Post by CrabberWill » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:58 pm

My crabs happen to be those who like to dig just for the sake of digging. Conditions are ideal, but they'll go down, tunnel around for a couple of hours, and then come right back up. In the process, of course, the displaced substrate ends up burying spare shells, food dishes, etc., and I end up with high and low spots in the sub as they do their thing. They've also developed a fondness for taking the sphagnum moss from their pit and spreading it around.

Their crabitat is right next to my computer, and as I type this, one of them is spelunking right next to the glass (which is kind of cool to watch, really), and the 'tat as a whole looks like a teenager's bedroom. I used to take the time to straighten everything up if the crew was all topside and accounted for, but they'd just customize it all over again, so I've gotten so I just excavate the spare shells, make sure that their food is accessible, and let them do their thing.

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Re: new crab digging hole, but not buried

Post by Hermiesguardian » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:36 pm

Do the buried shells count as available shells? Lol
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Re: new crab digging hole, but not buried

Post by Kydra » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:04 am

curlysister wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:50 am
Crabs are funny people. He might just feel safe there. Are your temp and humidity good? Do you have deep enough sub?
This has been my favorite quote since I found this site...

"Crabs are funny people!" 😂😂🤣


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Re: new crab digging hole, but not buried

Post by bryynja » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:23 pm

update: he did eventually bury himself for like a week, but today he came back up and isn't hanging out in a hole anymore. he does still love his little hut though. also I mix little fruit bits and coconut flakes (both meant for crabs) into his other food...but he's a little **** and picks out the fruit even if it's at the bottom. so now I feel like my mom going "eat your vegetables." but yeah, I love him very much and am happy he's back in the land of the living. XD

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Re: new crab digging hole, but not buried

Post by CrabbyLover77 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:32 pm

bryynja wrote:update: he did eventually bury himself for like a week, but today he came back up and isn't hanging out in a hole anymore. he does still love his little hut though. also I mix little fruit bits and coconut flakes (both meant for crabs) into his other food...but he's a little **** and picks out the fruit even if it's at the bottom. so now I feel like my mom going "eat your vegetables." but yeah, I love him very much and am happy he's back in the land of the living. XD
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Re: new crab digging hole, but not buried

Post by Sillymel » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:38 pm

CrabberWill wrote:My crabs happen to be those who like to dig just for the sake of digging. Conditions are ideal, but they'll go down, tunnel around for a couple of hours, and then come right back up. In the process, of course, the displaced substrate ends up burying spare shells, food dishes, etc., and I end up with high and low spots in the sub as they do their thing. They've also developed a fondness for taking the sphagnum moss from their pit and spreading it around.

Their crabitat is right next to my computer, and as I type this, one of them is spelunking right next to the glass (which is kind of cool to watch, really), and the 'tat as a whole looks like a teenager's bedroom. I used to take the time to straighten everything up if the crew was all topside and accounted for, but they'd just customize it all over again, so I've gotten so I just excavate the spare shells, make sure that their food is accessible, and let them do their thing.
My crabs do the same thing. And it never fails that they always cover their calcium dish, no matter where I put it. Image It’s actually pretty cute. I just have to giggle every time I see it. I used to be the same way when it came to keeping their “tat” nice and clean and now I just straighten it up when I clean their pools/shells. Also, I don’t know about anyone else but I have a couple crabs that are kinda clumsy. Image


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Re: new crab digging hole, but not buried

Post by bryynja » Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:22 pm

fiddles update: 1. my friend had to watch him for like a week (a bit less but whatever) and during that time he built himself a little cave under his food dish, but as soon as I got him back he came back up and is crawling around on the surface again. I'm choosing to believe it's personal just because the thought makes me happy. 2. one of the shells in his thing is pretty big, and he is digging under it (and he angled the shell so that it's not completely covering him, it's kinda angled up a bit, so I'm not pestering him to see this dw). I guess he has moved on from the hut. XD

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