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    I have been reading some interesting things on another website for breeding. HCA This woman in Germany had a salt water tank and machine that moves the water back and forth to simulate the ocean. In 2012 she successfully bred some hermies! She has pics of one little guy on her finger, it was as big as 1/4 the size of her fingernail! The shells are soooo tiny! It had to be one of the cutest things I have ever seen! Sooo jealous! I would love to be a grandma! It is something that I would love to do, BUT……….since you have to have specific conditions, machines, etc. it would be in the best interest of the unborn to not be born in the first place. I do not have the resources to do so, maybe some day…….hmmmmmm. Anyway, my big girl is not ever going to mate. I can’t tell you how many times her tank mates have tried to climb on top of her, only to get the BOOT! (or leg/claw) She is NOT going to let that happen. Smart girl! I guess Tiny and Patchy will never learn……..oh well………


    Very interesting! It’s not the first time I have heard of mating in captivity. Stu Wools-Cobb, an Australian, wrote out a description of his set-up and drew diagrams, etc for the Land Hermit Crab Owners Society Yahoo!Group. I’ll see if I can find it. The article was on the original CSJ site. Ahh! Here it is!

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    I have a couple research articles where zoea were raised in a lab and most made it to land to make one molt to a true crab and then died. The docs list the set up used but if people studying marine biology can’t successfully raise zoea I know I can’t! At but wouldn’t it be fun!

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