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  • #781
    Beth
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    I have a little guy (quarter size) that has been molting for a month or maybe a little more.  When he started digging, I made him a “molt mountain”.  He decided to molt in his faux cave again for the 4th time since I have had him.  I can see him when I change the water and food bowls, his back to me,  in the corner of the cave.  Why is it I think I can tell myself its too long since he is soooo little?  Molting has no time frame, and I do what I have to do for him while I wait. (impatiently)  I think it was a month last time, before that, 2 weeks, and the first time 2 weeks.  It was great, only 2 weeks and there he was!  Now he has decided to take twice as long.  I wish they didn’t have to grow this way, don’t they know we miss them?

    #782
    Torian
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    Yeah its like that with me too. 🙁 Its frustrating. you  said he molted in his faux cave again but what do you mean? a surface molt?

    #783
    Beth
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    Yes, a surface molt.  Four to be exact.  He had a mountain of sand, dug a tunnel, then changed his little crab mind, and went into the cave again.  He lived in a large wire cage for 3 years with his prior owner, so I guess he got used to surface molts.  I really thought when he dug a tunnel, he was going to molt under the sand, but he had his own idea, and for the fourth time since I have had him,  he chose the cave.  I noticed he moved today, so I am hoping he is almost done, and will come out to play.  He has shrimp on the menu for his post molt feeding. (and his usual food from the Hermit Crab Patch)  Spoiled rotten crabs……..oh, and a spoiled rotten dog too!

    #784
    Torian
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    huh…odd.

    #785
    Beth
    Member

    I guess they have minds of their own……………

    I tried to entice the little guy out from his molt, I thought maybe he would come out for a shrimp.  I put it in front of the cave, but I guess he isn’t ready to come out,  maybe waiting for his exo to harden up.  I guess I will just have to wait……………….

    #786
    Torian
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    Yeah its always hard to wait. 🙁

    #787
    Beth
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    The wait is over, he’s out!!!!!!!  He looks soooo cute!  He didn’t want the shrimp, he got a drink of water, and went back into the cave.  I guess he walked for a bit, I have to check the food dish to see if he went in there. I just put peanut butter in front of the cave, he loves it!  After a few days, I will let him play with the other crabs.  My goal is to put him into the main tank.  He resides in a 20 gallon long, and my other 2 are living in a 40 gallon.  I have to be careful, the big crab can be a bully, so it has to be supervised when they are together.

    #788
    Torian
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    AWESOME!!! GOOD FOR CRABBY! I have a surface molter in ISO at the moment so I am waiting on him as well.

    #789
    Beth
    Member

    Patchy does not want to come out and play.  He wants to stay in his cave, but I took him out a few times and he walks on my arm.  When I return him to his tank, he goes into the cave and stays there.  It is very unlike him to hide, he is a very outgoing crab.  I made chicken yesterday and he did eat it, and today he is munching on peanut butter.  I took the cave away and put it on the other side of the tank.  I put the food bowl in front of him and he is eating, but he won’t play and climb.  I will put the cave back when he finishes his “lunch”.  I don’t understand why he is hiding so much, his molt was perfect, his color is vibrant, but he won’t come out of the cave.  I have to say I am a little worried, at least he is eating.

    #790
    Torian
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    Yeah strange…. I guess we will never know why they act how they do.

    #792
    Beth
    Member

    Patchy was in the cave during the day because, he comes out at night!  Last night he was climbing around, had some water………….I smoothed out the sand last night before going to bed, I figured I would be able to tell if he came out, but I caught him walking on the mopani wood!  That little bugger!  He is tired during the day from his night out!  He usually is active during the day too, but hey, I am not going to be picky, at least he comes out to play!

    #794
    Torian
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    YAY! for patchy! no wonder he isn`t playing! lol

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