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    Beth
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    Was away for a few days, came back to check on the hermies, and no one was around! My big girl was molting since last month, but the other two must have dug under too. I saw a large hole in the sand, it seems like only my big crab could have done it, and the sand was moved around, and in the fresh water dish. I do have another dish on the cork bark tile for extra water in case they knock over or drink all of the water. My other two are due for molts, I am just afraid they will molt or dig near the big girl and disturb her, or worse…..the unthinkable…………..I can’t dig the other two up, and this never happened before, everybody molted at a different time! One would molt, but the other two would molt weeks or months later. I am hoping everybody will find their own spot and not disturb the big female. I have had her for almost 3 years! Nov 21 will be 3 years. The medium male I have had for 2 yrs and 7 months, and the little baby male 1 year 3 mos. Its always something!

    #970
    Beth
    Participant

    After about 6 weeks, my big girl is up from her molt. I cannot believe it! It was her that made the big holes in the sand. I looked in the tank last night, and there she was, full of sand, and sitting next to the hole. SHe went and hid under the cork bark tile, in a coco hut. I saw the needle sharp nails, but still wasn’t sure she molted. She molts for 3 months, but I dug in the sand and found 3 legs and a cheliped in the sand. I figured there was no way she could have molted for such a short time, but she did. You never know with them! Happy to see another successful and healthy molt! Yay!

    #976
    Stacy
    Keymaster

    I used to try so hard to keep track of molting schedules but they really are going to do their own thing no matter what we think or expect. Just like kids.

    #994
    Beth
    Participant

    Yes, they do what they want, when they want. I figured as big as she is, she couldn’t possibly molt in 6 weeks. I have had her for 3 years, and the first time she molted was for 2 months. Each molt being a little longer. So six weeks was a big and welcome surprise. I had to tell her happy anniversary while she was molting (Purchased her on Nov 21, 2011) She would molt in early November, and not come up until Mid January. So, she was never up for the holidays. Now, the other two crabs are digging but keep coming up, full of sand, and dump it into the water bowls. Its entertainment at its finest!

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