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Old 02-15-2006, 04:17 PM   #1
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i am so incredibly confused right now...

ok... so i came home today and found the front half of a dead hermit crab on my liverock in my 10gal. I quickly went through the whole... i hope theres nothing wrong with my tank thing and then realized all my hermit crabs were still alive.... I know I have three larger hermits (1-1/2 inch shell) and three small ones (3/4 of an inch) and they are all accounted for... so i have no idea where this thing came from. Anyone ever heard of a hermit hitch hiking on lr without a shell?? haha
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Old 02-15-2006, 04:35 PM   #2
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Its probably a molt. Hermits grow and shed their skin in order to grow larger. Many have thought they had a dead crab also.
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Are you sure it is a crab and not simply the left over empty body from a molt? Hermits molt every so often (similiar to what snakes do) and shed off their old outer body and a new one forms and hardens. This can look just like the crab itself if you have never seen this before.

The back of the body will have a tear in it (if it is a molt) where the crab was able to "pull out" of its old body. It will also be slightly "clearer" than the real crab because now the body is emtpy.
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I've seen my hermits battling each other before (the silly little guys).
I've also gotten a few freebie hermits when buying sand bed additives (like uh, live sand activator type stuff?)
But the previous two posters are probably correct.. I reacted much the same way when I saw my first 'dead hermit'.

They are pretty hardy little guys... saw one of my large snails jamming up my maxijet 1200 with a rotatiting head on it the other day.. The snail finally got itself loose and there was a hermit crab standing right in the path of the now rotating powerhead... little guy got shot across the tank into the wall...
got up and wobbled off... I had to laugh a good laugh over that one..
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no it wasnt a molt... i was curious and decided to disect it (gotta love having a bio teacher for a mom... and all her disecting kits laying around) there was definately like meat or whatever you wanna call it inside...
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The shell could be back in the rocks. It could have outgrown it and was looking for a new home without protection and was killed.
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yea but i knew how many crabs were in there... and he makes one too many...
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Well, if you are 100% sure it's a dead hermit, not a molt, and your others are accounted for then he must have came on your LR for free.
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i would agree probly just a hithhiker
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yea its just really weird...
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