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Hermit Crab in Glass Shell

What To Do With Shy Crabs

If your hermit crab is shy and doesn’t want to come out of his shell when you first get him home you can sometimes coax him out by simply holding him on your outstretched palm.

When he feels the warmth of your body he may begin to move a little, then come out of his shell. You will need patience, as this can take some time. Avoid any sudden  movement and try not to create a shadow over him. In the wild a hermit crab interprets a shadow overhead as a predator in the air. Fear of predators is the reason why your crab seldom emerges from his shell during the day.
Fighting

You may notice some hermit crab behavior that appears aggressive at times. Pushing contests are simply the hermit crabs getting to know each other. They,seem to have no concept of walking around an object – including another crab. Instead, your crab will try to climb over it. Thus pushing contests are nothing more than a crab’s inability to walk around another crab.

That doesn’t mean, though, that aggression doesn’t occur in the hermit crab community. Certainly, if you see one crab grab the other’s shell by the opening, pay attention. This is especially true if the crab pushes it back and forth while chirping. This is a shell fight

 The attacking crab positions himself above the other crab’s shell and seizes it with its walking legs in order to rotate it rapidly back and forth. At the same time, his claws are firmly planted inside the other’s shell. He shakes the crab out of his shell, which is the whole object of the fight.

So what does the victim do? He waits until the victor sheds his own shell then he simply walks into it.

Neither crab receives any serious injury. and in the long run, they often receive better fitting shells!

While this may seem like aggressive behavior to us,  it’s normal hermit crab behavior. Sometimes, though, even in the crab world, you’re bound to meet the occasional truly aggressive individual.  Land crabs have been known to kill or maim each other. A crab can fatally wound another by ripping it out of its shell, and since hermit crabs are not only omnivores, but also scavengers, he may eat his victim as well.

Escape Attempts

You’ll  find that crabs spend much of their time plotting, and actually carrying out, escape attempts.

Not only are they ingenious, but they are also strong. If they put their strength and determination towards a goal – which is usually trying to get out of the tank - not much will stand in their way .

Several large hermit crabs  are strong enough to actually lift the glass lid off a tank when they work in unison. Tape the lid down if you must – especially if you have several tall items in your tank.

Tipping The Water Bowl.

Another problem frequently faced by owners ls to find that a water dish has been spilled during the night. Crabs love to dig in substrate that’s moist and their water dish is easy to tip so they can make some wet sand to play in.

If you find this annoying, try sinking the dish into the substrate, making sure that the lip of the dish is level with the top of the substrate. Burying the dish in this way usually prevents tipping, although an individual crab may be extremely persistent, so you may want try another method. Simply glue the dish to a piece of slate and bury the base in the substrate You now have an instant anchor that is just about impossible to tip. An alternative is to buy a new large, heavy glass or marble ashtray as a water dish. This is also very difficult for them to tip.

Molting

Every creature with an exoskeleton molts when it is growing. Your hermit crab has an exoskeleton that protects him. As he grows, he’ll  shed it for a larger size: This process is known as molting.

As a young crab, he may shed as often as several times a year as he grows quickly. Once mature, he may molt as infrequently as once every year to a year-and-a-half.

If your crab is molting, then he’s definitely growing, which is a good sign. Is it possible to tell tell when he is about to molt?  Once  know your pets better, you’ll be able to recognize the signs.

One  is that you are able to view a black sack of fat and water deep inside his current shell. Additionally, the exoskeleton and the eyes  begin to fade in color.

You may also notice some changes in his behavior. If he’s normally shy and quiet,he may become suddenly aggressive. Or if he’s normally aggressive, he may become uncharacteristically inactive.

Another clear indication that your crab is ready to molt is that he’s eating and drinking much more than usual.

 If you find him sitting in their water dish for what seems like hours – especially the dish with saltwater in it – then he may be molting soon
 
Depending on the species of crab you own, your crab may be shedding his exoskeleton either buried in the sand or above the surface. If your crab has buried himself under the substrate, don’t dig him up. He’ll be alright,

You may want to separate him from the other crabs. Simply take a clear plastic bottle: Cut off the bottom and top of it and push it all the way to the bottom of the substrate. This will keep the other crabs away..

The other type of molting method is to shed the exoskeleton while he’s on the surface. This is the crab you may want to give a helping hand to.  Create a barrier as described above, or you can move him to an isolation unit to ensure that none of his fellow tank-mates bother him. Molting can take a while so the bast thing to do is to leave him alone and let nature take its course.

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