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Old 04-28-2014, 01:56 AM   #1
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A coral banded shrimp I caught got it's 2 claws removed while I was trying to catch it. Will it grow back? Will it live?

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Old 04-28-2014, 07:13 AM   #2
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I would be surprised if it lives. If it was just one arm it can grow back but with both I can't really go e you a for sure answer.
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Why do you say this? They usually use their other tiny claws for feeding.

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Old 04-28-2014, 05:50 PM   #4
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Why do you say this? They usually use their other tiny claws for feeding.

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He's just giving you his opinion, and I have to agree with it, but I'm sorry about your shrimp. I have had a lot of experience with shrimp in FW, and a bit in SW too, and the use their claws for getting around, feeding, defense, etc. The loss of two large limbs is traumatic, aside from any effects it may have on other abilities

However, there is no guarantee he will live or won't, so the best thing you can do for him now is make a low stress environment.
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in the wild they lose there limbs a lot
it will most likely get its limbs back during it's next molt
but you may need to hand feed him till the molt occurs to prevent starvation
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:00 PM   #6
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Yes I am pretty sure they purposely lose their large claws as a defense mechanism like geckos, I caught this at a beach so I wouldnt be too sad about it. But you rarely see them at the intertidal zone, usually down ib the reefs, I have no idea why it was in there. Maybe it got washed up?

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So if it's taken from the beach and perishes it's not really that bad, but if you had purchased it, it would be more upsetting? Not sure I follow the logic there, sorry

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So if it's taken from the beach and perishes it's not really that bad, but if you had purchased it, it would be more upsetting? Not sure I follow the logic there, sorry

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Sorry but this is true, it's really not cool to take wildlife from the beach or a reef. I would be more sad to lose an animal taken needlessly from its natural habitat than a captive bred, or even harvested animal.
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That is exactly my point, thank you for seeing it also

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They lose their claws as an defense mechanism mine does it all the time and when he molts it back your shrimp will be fine he has his other little feet to feed with it may hide alittle while its claws are gone but once it molts they will be back like nothing ever happened its pretty cool actually
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