Apparently streaking crabs are changing shells

Questions about hermit crabs that abandoned their shell.
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Apparently streaking crabs are changing shells

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According to my pet shop

Went in looking for a bulb and had to take a peek at the hermits while there
There was one in the corner with no shell and she said oh look one is changing shells!

I said I don't think so, they do that quickly while hanging on to the one they've got not by running round naked. I think you will find it's because it's not happy some how

Was greated by that smug better humor her cause she doesn't know what she is talking about look

So, not having experienced it myself, was she wrong or was I?
Part of me wants to go get the poor little blighter but another suspects he would possibly die anyway?
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Re: Apparently streaking crabs are changing shells

Post by Wai »

Not only do hermit crabs quickly slip into the new shell, but they don't let go of the old one that quickly either. I've seen many shell changes and usually the crabs will check their old shell a few more times before deciding to either change back into it or ditch it. A hermit crab sitting naked in the corner is NOT normal. Hermit crabs grab onto the two shells involved for dear life until they have decided whether to wear the old one or the new one.

In other words, the pet store worker is the idiot, not you.
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Re: Apparently streaking crabs are changing shells

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This is interesting because last night my Spiderman went down to check out and see where Jumbo 2 was. Jumbo 2, dug a tunnel the other day and was there. I was careful because I knew it was a possibility that Jumbo 2 could be possibly looking to molt. Or just disturbed by the still newness of the moving to another room since the weather changed.
Well, anyway, Spiderman or Jumbo 2 was making a purring for a couple hours and Spiderman was bothering Jumbo 2. This morning, I see Jumbo 2 up and about and up by the other two hermies hanging out. Then I see Spiderman later, with no shell on and left it in the distilled water dish and naked. Then he took a shell I put nearby and got inside it. Today they area all out and about and I know they enjoyed the "flax" seed I put inside the food dish along with the bread.
Spiderman always seem to be the most inquisitive. :D
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I agree with Wai, the pet store owner is an idiot. The hermie sitting in the corner was a stressed hermie!
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Re: Apparently streaking crabs are changing shells

Post by ZuZu »

I don't think that the Worker was an Idiot, although she is undoubtedly uneducated on the matter of Hermies. If I worked at a pet store for a summer job I would expect to not know the right way to care for some of the animals housed there. I actually think I would enjoy someones lectures on how to care for this or that pet, I love to learn, even if it is learning I did something wrong. ;)
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Re: Apparently streaking crabs are changing shells

Post by ladybug15057 »

But when a pet store hires somebody to take care of a certain animal they are to also train them how to care for them. The also are suppose to give them literature about it too for references. One employee does not take care of all the animals, they are assigned certain ones to make sure they are cared for properly.
Thing being most feel they are getting paid only X amount of $$$ per hour and do the bare minimum if that.
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