Monday, February 9, 2009

Molting process for my hermits...

One of my hermit crab gone through molting process. Hermit crabs, like snakes, shed their skin when they grow new and better skin. This process is called molting.

My hermit's shedded shell..

Normally molting happen naturally about every 18 mths for a hermit but for smaller hermits, they might molt more frequent. During the molting process, the hermit will regrow any limbs that they lost.

My hermit started to dig a tunnel into the sand so that it can have some privacy and protection from the other tankmates. At first, I thought that they just simply dig and play with the sand that my friend brought back for me from Terrenganu but I only noitced the molting when one of my hermit gone missing for few days......haha...found that hermit today...

How you know when your hermit going to molt soon??

You will know when your hermit crab is ready to molt when he starts to change his appearance. His eyes will look foggy and he won’t move around as much. His antennae will look funny, too, and won’t move much. He will also start to dig his tunnel, but he might also dig if his conditions aren’t the best, too, so be sure to check the temperature and humidity of the tank when he starts to tunnel before you assume that he is ready to molt.
One way to know for sure if your hermit crab is about to molt when he digs a tunnel is to first check the conditions of the tank. If the temperature and humidity are fine, then just smooth the bedding out over the tunnel, without collapsing the tunnel on him, and check in the morning to see if he came up to eat or get a drink. You’ll know because there will be a new hole in the bedding. If he has come up then he is probably not molting and is digging for another reason. If he hasn’t, then move him into his new temporary molting home.

Happy molting :)

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