Does everyone's crabs try to escape all the time?

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Does everyone's crabs try to escape all the time?

Post by DarthKrab » Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:22 pm

Aside from eating, drinking, moss munching, and what not of course. Is this normal?

Also, I've read about crabs comparing sizes. I've had four crabs for a year now and I haven't seen this yet :( I'm hardly ever in the same room so I can't say they haven't done it. Just that whenever I AM in here I've never seen it. And I've just sat here for quite some time every now and then admiring them and laughing :P
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Re: Does everyone's crabs try to escape all the time?

Post by LadyJinglyJones » Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:17 pm

Yes. Yes crabs always want to escape. And they have a particular genius for it.
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Re: Does everyone's crabs try to escape all the time?

Post by DarthKrab » Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:32 pm

LadyJinglyJones wrote:Yes. Yes crabs always want to escape. And they have a particular genius for it.
Lol good to know! Thanks :)
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Re: Does everyone's crabs try to escape all the time?

Post by NLindsey921 » Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:35 am

I was going some cleaning of the tank and took the lid off. Turned around for two seconds. When i turned back rose had climbed all the way to the top and was one step from falling out the tank.

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Post by GotButterflies » Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:28 pm

Before I got wheels my hermits used to climb all over my tank. They don't anymore. They just want/need exercise.
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Re: Does everyone's crabs try to escape all the time?

Post by mool » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:01 pm

Mine try to escape too. I really need to get some wheels.

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Post by Crabnado » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:59 pm

The first week of ownership I had three out of four get out. I had no idea they were such talented escape artists. I discovered they were out when I heard weird sounds rustling at night. Freaky! I'd get close to the sound and suddenly it would stop. Took me a while to figure out I wasn't going crazy or being haunted.

The tank they're in now is too tall to scale and has a double lid (one is mesh for ventilation) just in case. I know they're meant to roam miles but there's nuttin out here for them!

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Post by LadyJinglyJones » Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:06 pm

I made my own lid & discovered that if the mesh isn't metal, ie. is just terarium subtrate mesh and not wire, they can worry the material with their claws til it freys, then chew through.

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Post by CrazyCrab12 » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:11 pm

i velcroed the entire lid down because they were strong enough to lift the whole hood.
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Post by Hermiearth » Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:16 am

Lol- the only experience i have had with escapees is when one of my mediums, Orchard, got hold of the little sensor cord I have for the hydrometer/ therm and climbed her way up and pushed through a plastic strip I had covering a gap in the lid!


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Post by Kermie16 » Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:35 am

Honestly if any of ours escaped, some of my family members would really freak out So, I have the FW spray bottle and a container full of beads along with a large, fairly heavy stone, sitting on top of our tank. I followed what GB did and added the hamster wheel in our tank and Mike, our only crab that is up day and night, is the only one who has figured out how to use it. He is molting now, but when he was up, he was on that wheel almost all day and night! Truly so fun to watch!!!!


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Post by GotButterflies » Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:09 pm

Here is a videohttps://vimeo.com/202588850


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Post by Kermie16 » Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:03 pm

Ok, GB! U posted ur cutie and I couldn't help but post Mike in his wheel too Image
https://vimeo.com/202591902
Now just imagine the "Eye of the Tiger" playing in the background Image


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Post by LadyJinglyJones » Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:11 am

Kermie16 wrote: Now just imagine the "Eye of the Tiger" playing in the background.
Done!

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Re: Does everyone's crabs try to escape all the time?

Post by Rawrgeous » Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:02 am

I really keep meaning to get a hamster wheel, but I always forget when I'm shopping on amazon, or in a petstore. I really think my crabbies would like it! :) You guys have cute babies!

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