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Do Emerald Crabs Molt?

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by kevin34, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. kevin34

    kevin34 New Member

  2. rs1831

    rs1831 Active Member

  3. nofish

    nofish New Member

    yes they do
  4. kevin34

    kevin34 New Member

    Ok thanks. Do they often go into hiding and become very mellow like other inverts do before they molt? I have one emerald crab that has been sitting in a hole in a rock for most of the day for the past 3 days or so and now I can find him. My other emerald is acting fine. I was assuming the other emerald could be molting.
  5. reefkprz

    reefkprz New Member

    every creature with an exoskeleton must molt as it grows.
  6. alexmir

    alexmir Guest

    Originally Posted by reefkprZ

    every creature with an exoskeleton must molt as it grows.
    So every hermit crab i see floating around isnt necessarily a dead hermit? it could be a molt? for some reason i didnt think hermits molted......silly me
  7. slugkeeper

    slugkeeper Guest

    Yes - lobsters, crabs (hermit and emerald), all molt otherwise they can not grow larger. With the emerald crab, you should notice his color becoming splotchy - more of a whitish green, rather than the solid darker green. During that stage, the exoskeleton is beginning to loosen. Once the crab has shed the previous exoskeleton, the exoskeleton underneath will harden and be a nice solid color again (until it is time for the next molt).
  8. morval

    morval New Member

    boy DO they molt check out the size diferance (molt-live : left-right)
  9. earnit33

    earnit33 New Member

    That's how they grow and they get there legs back!If they have lost any.They do hide a little until the new shell hardens a little also.
  10. kevin34

    kevin34 New Member

    I have 2 emeralds that seemed to be the same size when I got them. Now one seems to be double the size of the other so I am guessing he molted. Now the other one is in hiding a lot and seems to have a lot of white on him instead of green. Does this mean he is about to molt?
  11. kevin34

    kevin34 New Member

    Nevermind. Didnt see slugkeepers post.
  12. 9supratt4

    9supratt4 New Member

    Do hermit crabs really molt?? I didn't think so since they don't have an outer shell.....which is why we have to provide shells for them as they grow.
  13. kevin34

    kevin34 New Member

    ok my emerald wont molt. He has turned that whitish green color and has been like that since I made this thread lol. The other crab molted within the first 2 weeks of adding it to the tank.
  14. flip_x

    flip_x New Member

    Originally Posted by 9supratt4

    Do hermit crabs really molt?? I didn't think so since they don't have an outer shell.....which is why we have to provide shells for them as they grow.
    im pretty sure they molt.. first time it happend i thought it died then later i saw it crawling around again.. it did it again legs and claws fell off.. and hes just chillin in his shell..
  15. kevin34

    kevin34 New Member

    Originally Posted by Kevin34

    ok my emerald wont molt. He has turned that whitish green color and has been like that since I made this thread lol. The other crab molted within the first 2 weeks of adding it to the tank.
    bump
  16. kevin34

    kevin34 New Member

  17. fallensynner

    fallensynner New Member

    yes y would anybody ask that no pun intended to who created this Q/thread

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