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Old 08-25-2004, 07:28 PM   #1
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Dead hermit crabs and molts...

How can I tell the difference between the two??

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Old 08-26-2004, 06:23 AM   #2
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If there's a chunk or rotting crab sitting in a shell, its a dead crab. If it looks like a crab with a chewed up butt and no shell around, its a molt.
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So the eyes etc. will be on the molt too?

Could it not be a dead crab that's had it's shell nicked though?? :P
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Old 09-29-2004, 03:05 PM   #4
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Are the eyes etc. on the crab molt??
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Old 09-30-2004, 06:10 AM   #5
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It will look just like a crab including the coloring but there will not be a shell anywhere around it. Crabs tend to die in their shells, not out of them.
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Could the crab not have been pulled out of the shell though? :P
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Old 09-30-2004, 11:59 PM   #7
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its a molt...trust me...i thought the same thing but then counted my crabs....the molt looks just like a pulled out crab
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It will appear clear somewhat. Also it will not appear to be rotting.
My money is on a molt.
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It's sort of clear at the back - looks like someone's been biting away at his "body", but the front (legs/eyes etc.) are exactly like the crab!
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Old 10-01-2004, 07:45 PM   #10
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thats exactly what my molts look like
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