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Old 10-03-2004, 08:35 PM   #1
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Amputee Hermit...

I moved my LR yesterday for cleaning and found two hermit legs... They appear to be the far side legs off of my crab. Will they grow back? I am not sure if I caught them in the rock while moving it and ripped them off (although the legs were on opposite sides so that wouldn't be easy) or if he lost them for another reason. He still seems to be ok... he moves around.. He just has two stumps now on each end. Will they regrow?
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I believe so. What happened?
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Old 10-03-2004, 08:48 PM   #3
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Old 10-03-2004, 10:26 PM   #4
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Crab legs usually regrow, although it isn't for sure.
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are you sure it isn't a molt? If it isn't the problem should correct itself in a molt or 2
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Old 10-04-2004, 09:41 AM   #6
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well that is all he lost and there didn't appear to be anythign but little stumps on the last two... he has six total now I believe (not including the stumps but including the main claw)... Are there supposed to be stubby end legs? To be quite honest... when I look at him I think he would be just about busting out if he had full legs on the ends. I bought him more shells so if he wants to change he can.
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It will probably regenerate after a couple of molts. Most Crustaceans can regenerate lost limbs. Portunid crabs do it all the time when they lose claws (chelipeds).
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