Swollen Leg?

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Swollen Leg?

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I just took Neelix out for the first time to start getting him use to me but i noticed part of his leg looks swollen could this be a healed wound or infection or maybe just a "Unique" development?
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Re: Swollen Leg?

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Ok my other male Chakotay has the exact same swelling on the same side..is this a male crab thing?...i haven't checked Neelix (male) or my girl....can someone explain this please
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Re: Swollen Leg?

Post by emmac350 »

That leg isn't swollen, it's their 'shield leg' when they're retracted into their shells. All crabs have that leg bigger than the rest.

You can kind of see it in some of these shots of my crabs:

http://thedailyhermit.tumblr.com/post/1 ... you-see-me

http://thedailyhermit.tumblr.com/post/1 ... leader-but

http://thedailyhermit.tumblr.com/post/1 ... a-textbook

http://thedailyhermit.tumblr.com/post/1 ... e-relaxing

http://thedailyhermit.tumblr.com/post/1 ... that-benny
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Re: Swollen Leg?

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Thank you very much Emma i saw the guard leg in all your pics...My minds at ease now :D
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