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Old 07-15-2006, 12:51 PM   #1
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Crab genocide or just a molt?

I've got three emerald crabs in my 55.. they have never paid much attention to each other. Yesterday evening I saw one of the emeralds picking at the broken-open shell of another emerald.. it was literally like he had the hood open on a car, he was picking inside the shell on the "victim" crab's underside. Has anyone ever witnessed a crab molt? Do they pull themselves out of their shell on the top side or the bottom?
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Old 07-15-2006, 02:38 PM   #2
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Yes its probably the molt. I think they come from the bottom out. I had mine molt and I thought it was dead because it looked so real. Give it a couple of days and you'll probably see it again. HTH
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I agree probably the molt
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I agree. I've found fully intact crab shells before only to find a newly shedded crab a few days later.
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My big hermit molted. His shell was propped up on a rock. It looked like he died and fell out of his shell. The moly looked just like him and wasn't as transparent as my shrimp's. Maybe they look more real as a decoy.
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Maybe they look more real as a decoy.
Never thought of that. Makes sense though!
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The molts do look like a dead crab/shrimp this gives them time to harden their soft shell ... protects them from preditors HTH
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