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Old 10-05-2013, 04:03 AM   #1
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Is this all that's left of my hermit crab?

I've had this happen every now and then. Just noticed another casualty today. Is this my hermit crab?

Why is this happening?

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Old 10-05-2013, 09:00 AM   #2
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Hard to tell but it looks like a molt. If you can see the front of the body looking exactly like the crab and then the back part being opaque or lighter and kind of torn open, it's most likely a molt so maybe see if he switched shells.
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Old 10-05-2013, 03:07 PM   #3
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Hey faye

Thanks for the help. it's the best picture that I have... I'll try to blow it up. But from what I remember, you could see most everything, the little pinchers, a few legs, and in the back it looks like tissue. I originally thought my pistol shrimp tore it out of it's shell to eat it.

This has happened like 4 times before. I really can't remember if I bought 10 or 5 hermit crabs with my CUC. Before this happened, I remembered only seeing about 4 crabs, so I was really confused about what was happening.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:20 PM   #5
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Agreed, could be a molt.....they can sure look life like.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:26 PM   #6
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I'm pretty sure it's a molt. I've been tricked before too!!! Plus if something was going to eat your hermits, they'd fully eat them.
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