Dead Or Molting?

Discussion in 'Saltwater Crabs' started by Floundering_Around, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. Floundering_Around

    Floundering_AroundWell Known MemberMember

    One of my zebra legged hermits hasn't moved in over week. I wasn't sure if it was dead or not. I flipped over the shell to take a peak but I'm still not sure. I left it in the tank for now just in case.
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    Here's what it looks like. I didn't notice any smell coming from it, which is part of the reason I'm not sure. Please help!
     
  2. Lana1049

    Lana1049Valued MemberMember

    If it was dead it would have a smell, is that it's molt? Could it have left the shell?
     
  3. corywand

    corywandWell Known MemberMember

    Maybe take it out and put it in a different tank while you figure it out? You don’t want a dead body contaminating your tank, if it is dead.
     
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    Floundering_Around

    Floundering_AroundWell Known MemberMember

    I'm not sure if it did leave it's shell. There was a shell roght next to where it fell.
    The tank they're in now is a little 2.5 gallon "QT" while I wait for my tank.
     
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    Floundering_Around

    Floundering_AroundWell Known MemberMember

    Do hermits switch shells before or after molting? Do they always switch shells when molting? How long does a molt generally take?
     
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    Floundering_Around

    Floundering_AroundWell Known MemberMember

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    Used a pipette to suck out the molt/dead crab and that's what came out. Once it was put of the shell, it was pretty stinky so I'm assuming it's dead.
    I'm confused since the hermit was eating the day before it become unresponsive and the other two are fine
     
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