I think my hermit crab is dead.

jaysix79

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I bought a hermit crab about 5 days ago.. and everything seem fine.. he was eating actively and destroying my rocks.. meaning moving them around. and eat all of my plants... last night he wasn't moving very much.. and this morning I checked he is not moving at all. till now which is already 11 at night. he is in the same position and place from this morning.. he is half out of his shell to.. is he dead?

I do have have some snails too in my tank and from what I understand crabs are hardy than snails and my snails are still fine
 

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Sorry jaysix

It does sound like he's dead. Usually hermit crabs will get out of their shell before dying. If he is dead now, he'll fall out of his shell easily.

It might depend on what kind of snails you have too.... I don't know much about snails to be honest. :x

Can you think of the reason your crab may have died?

I'm really sorry for your loss
 
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I can't think of anything that could've killed it maybe starvation?.. I don't think he starved to death since he eat all my plants.. how does a big hermit crab (2 inch big) die from starvation?
 

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Maybe over feeding? I have a golden inca snail and he has been pretty lazy lately. I don't know. I would wait a day and if he hasnt move hes probally dead. That's what kinda sucks having snails because sadly if they die you really don't know ya know.

Sorry for your loss and best of luck
Nathan
 
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yeah I didnt really feed him though cause I saw him eating the plants up
 

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Hermits crabs need a variety of food: Greens, oats, raw meats, fruit (not citrus)& veg - they'll even eat you if you hold still long enough!

They need both a source of fresh and salty water to drink/bathe in.

The flooring of the tank can be a variety of things: sand, untreated wood shavings (which need to be replaced when they start going soggy) or aquarium gravel.

They need a variety of shells scattered through the tank so they can change homes as they grow.

If you're happy you've checked off all these points jaysix, I wish you better luck with your future hermies! Sorry for your misfortune.

EDIT: Oh not terrestrial? (just read in another thread, my bad) Perhaps this link will help
 
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how do I make them drink in the fresh water in the saltwater tank?.. I think you're talking about those land hermit crab
 
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no he's not ... I took him out and he smell really bad
 

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