Confused by this behavior

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Confused by this behavior

Post by aslansgirl89 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:12 pm

Does anyone know what my hermit crab is doing here? She just got out of the saltwater pool for context and immediately started turning herself over onto her back and rubbing her claws together and stuff like you see here! I am very confused. Tia! Image

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Post by aslansgirl89 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:21 pm

Also, both of them appear to be eating the eco earth that I just added. Is that OK?

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Post by Motörcrab » Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:32 pm

We caught one of our baby crabs doing that the other day. It looked like he was trying to be a cricket! I'm pretty sure its a way of grooming sand off their legs similar to how we would rub our hand together to wash them.

Eating Eco Earth is fine. I see mine picking at the substrate all the time.
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Post by Harry Wang » Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:53 pm

Sounds about right motor. I’d bet she’s just wiping herself off and getting that shellwater tucked away

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Post by curlysister » Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:08 pm

Also, yes, it's fine for them to eat the EE.
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