September 27, 2012 at 12:33 am #147
Beth I don’t think there are many illnesses that can be passed between crabs, maybe shell rot but that is not common and it’s quite obvious when your hermit crab is infected with it. I do understand the concern over the painted shell but is it flaking off right now?September 27, 2012 at 2:41 am #176
No, Stacy, it does not appear to be flaking off. This poor little crab has had this shell for 3 years. I keep putting the new shells in front of the cave where he sleeps, but he looks, he touches, he leaves them alone. This poor little guy used every single resource to keep himself alive in captivity. I begged the family to let me have him, and they finally did! No heat, humidity, Marie told me they use their own urine for salts! Unbelievable! Can pics be posted yet? Thank you for your reply.September 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm #194
The little guy is looking at shells right now, I am hopeful that he will choose one. (all natural shells) If he does, I really want to take out the painted shell he has been wearing for 3 years. Would that stress him out if he decided he didn’t like the new one, and wanted to move back into the old one? He has 8 to choose from, I know they do have a strong preference for certain shells, but paint is dangerous to them. I want to do what is best for this crab, his living conditions for the past 3 years have been terrible. Thanks! BethOctober 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm #197
Yesssssssssss! The little guy changed shells last night! I took the old painted shell out, he was in it for 3 years! On Friday, I will have him for about 6 weeks, and it will be time to have him meet my other 2 crabs. I don’t think he should meet them both at the same time, I will introduce him to my sweet Tiny, and see what happens. Then, the next day, to Cray, my big female. She can be bossy and she is a little bit of a bully. It took about 2 months until she “took” to Tiny. I had to keep letting them play together under my supervision, then I would place Tiny in his tank, and Cray in hers. When she started to ignore him, that is when I placed them together in the same tank, but only during the day. When I felt comfortable they would be ok together overnight, I put them in Crays tank, and I kept getting up every 1/2 hour to check on them. Didn’t get much sleep, for a few nights. But, they were fine, and so I will take the same precautions as before. Wish us luck!October 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm #198
Hooray on the shell change!!!
Let me look at the picture posting. I thought that was working already =/October 7, 2012 at 12:49 am #206
I got Tiny and the new little guy together. Tiny was a little bossy, I was surprised, since he is sooo sweet with me, and LOVES his tank mate, Cray. Maybe because she is a female. They did the “feeler fight” and Tiny raised himself up, and his purple claw, and tried to push the little guy, I put my finger on Tiny’s big claw, and he tried to push me away! I guess it was his way of telling me to go away and mind my own business, and let them handle their meeting their way! After a few minutes, the teeny little crab started to follow Tiny around on the love seat, it was soooo cute! Tiny started to climb up arm of the love seat, and so Pinchy followed right along! I let them play together for about 15 minutes, and will try again tomorrow. I know that when Tiny ignores him, and walks away after they “feel” each other, that he is ok with Pinchy. The next meeting will be with my big female, and, oh boy, that should be interesting!
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