Dead Or Molting?

Discussion in 'Saltwater Crabs' started by Esimm03, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. Esimm03

    Esimm03Well Known MemberMember

    Hi,
    I just found my hermet was outside his shell, I thought he had died but saw something move inside his shell, is it possible he just molted? And should I leave the skin in there ?

    And does it mean he will move shells soon?

    Thanks,
    Ethan


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  2. Mary765

    Mary765Fishlore VIPMember

    Its impossible to tell from your pictures and description, but watching for twitching movements in the hermit on the tank floor will help.
     
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    Esimm03

    Esimm03Well Known MemberMember

    Ok,
    I'll check it out, the thing in the floor didn't notice when I poked it and had a white clear 'cloud' behind it.

    I think theirs something in the shell but I'm not too sure.

    Ethan
     
  4. Mary765

    Mary765Fishlore VIPMember

    When hermits are mounting, they can't really move. They might twitch on occasion though.
     
  5. grantm91

    grantm91Fishlore VIPMember

    Looks like a molt to me, often 9/10 its mistaken for a dead crab when the keeper is new to it. The reason it gets mistaken is because its a bright red exo-skeleton with a flesh part at the back, rather than it being obvious like say a shrimp molt. The give away is that if you really inspect you wont see any eyes.
     
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    Esimm03

    Esimm03Well Known MemberMember

    Hi,
    I saw some legs retracct into the shell, I hope it is molt. How long until he will come out? He had been acting odd the past few days(hanging around the shells and not moving)

    Ethan
     
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    Esimm03

    Esimm03Well Known MemberMember

    Update-
    I think he is dead
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  8. Mary765

    Mary765Fishlore VIPMember

    I'm so sorry to hear that :(
     
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    Esimm03

    Esimm03Well Known MemberMember

    Oh,
    It was ment as a joke, he is out and about now .
    Sorry for the misunderstanding

    Ethab
     
  10. Mary765

    Mary765Fishlore VIPMember

    Ohhhhh is that him in the front of the picture :D I thought that was a different hermit!!! Sorry
     
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    Esimm03

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