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Old 02-14-2012, 02:45 PM   #11
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I have had the same problem. Mine don't steal the shells but they do eat them ocasionally. They are probably stealing the shells because they need a bigger shell. Do you have any larger shells in your tank for the hermits to move to?
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:06 PM   #12
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Yeah lots but they dont like those. The want the snails.
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Weird what kind of hermits are they? Mine are scarlet reef hermits and that's all they like to do is hunt so if a snail falls off they are on it in no time. I have 2 huge ones probably 1 1/2" and they are fine its the smaller ones that kill the snails.
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Most hermits kill snails out of sheer instinct. I once saw a hermit kill 3 snails in one day and change shells 3 times.
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Really? That's the only reason? That's interesting I did not know that. So let me ask you this then. Why would mine not take the shell?
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I have no idea. I didn't say that's the only reason, but it's definitely a reason. Some do it for food, some for the shell, some for both.
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That's interesting I didn't know it could be just instinct
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