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I was forced into crab parenthood when my son came home last winter with a little critter carrier and said, “Hey Mom! I got a hermit crab!” We had to quickly put together a crabitat, then we got 2 more crabs. One died a couple of months ago. One crab is freshly molted and the other is down molting now (I hope). Is it okay to adopt another crab while one is actively molting? Thanks!
It is fine to adopt another. Just be aware that sometimes hermit crabs will cannibalize molters. Typically this happens only if the crab has been denied a proper diet….which is exactly what happens in the pet store and prior to arrival at the petstore.
Your best bet is to be prepared for this:
*Offer lots of great foods to the newbie to entice him to stay above ground
*Put the new crab and the recent molter in the water dish upside down together
*Have a plan for isolating the molter by walling him in if you know where he is dug down
*If you don’t know where the molter is, have a ISO tank standing by where you can move the new guy to if you catching him digging for your molter. That critter carrier will work in a pinch as temporary housing if you can set it up with proper heat and humidity. If your main crabitat is big enough you can put the critter carrier right inside of it!
Thanks, Stacy! We did get a new crab. He seems to be settling in nicely. 🙂
Awesome! Post some pics??
This is my emergency isolation tank when I am caught off guard or get a new family member with no history. It’s just a 2 liter bottle with the top and bottom cut off. Not the best picture. You can see Willow’s shell where I removed the sand. This was done to locate her. I did not want to amputate with the sharp plastic.