Post by crabbyirene on Aug 31, 2011 7:46:40 GMT -5
Hi all! I recently had a crab surface molt, not sure why since she was buried for a few weeks but she decided to come back up, she ate and drank and when i found her she was still next to the water bowls and looked strange. She wasn't moving and her eyes were clear, so i scooped her up and noticed her exo was cracked at the top of the leg joints, i almost fainted when i realized what was going on. I put her in iso and actually thought to get get pics of the whole process ;D After the last shot I covered her with a cocohut, she ate her exo and came out about a week later and started wrecking the iso so i knew she was ok and i put her back in the main tank about a week later. She molted on 8/3/11.
Post by crabbyirene on Aug 31, 2011 12:13:39 GMT -5
She scared the heck out of me!!!! I have no idea what possessed her to surface molt, she was already buried down, smh. And I'm glad she's ok too, she's a borderline large, at this point she probably is a large. But shes back to her normal self climbing around and keeping the little ones in line! She didn't do this on her other molts with me. Ugh, these crabbies are gonna give me gray hair!!!! But with her doing this, maybe it can be used as a reference to what actually happens during a molt
Post by emberfusion on Aug 31, 2011 12:20:29 GMT -5
Maybe she just didnt feel like digging down again and making a cave big enough for herself to molt. There's no telling.
Doesn't seem like she was stressed out or anything before hand, so maybe it's just that she's comfortable enough in your tank that she's okay with surface molting. I really honestly think the only reason they dig down to molt is because it feels safer.
PS. Admin, could we possibly sticky this thread? I think it'll help people out when they fear they may be witnessing a surface molt. This definitely helps us see what it's like.
Last Edit: Aug 31, 2011 12:24:33 GMT -5 by emberfusion
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Sept 1, 2011 10:19:08 GMT -5
Holy cow, this is awesome! These are crabsolutely stunning shots! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!
Yeah, usually surface molts are supposed to be both due to stress and stressful, but I think there are often other factors involved. She may have been, comfortable enough for one, like emberfusion said and also (like she said) she may have just not felt like (or been unable to) burying down again. When I went through Gamera's surface molt, it was because he didn't bury deep. I saw the top of a shell sticking out of the sand & thought it was empty, so I picked it up and his exo started sliding out! By that point, again either he was too far gone to dig down and/or comfortable enough to molt in front of me. He was partly in the sand though so my pictures aren't nearly this good.
It's such a neat process to watch though, isn't it? So glad she's doing well now.
2 things of note, yes, I stickied this, hh and I just wanted to throw in that while predator threat is likely a big factor in burying for a molt, they also need the extra humidity they get in that enclosed environment and the darkness as well, since it stimulates the molt hormone.
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Post by Ookami-Meggle on Sept 1, 2012 21:46:03 GMT -5
Those are great photos, I have had two surface molts, but have never been able to get good photos. Those are a great reference for people who haven't experienced a molt/surface molt, and are wondering what on earth is happening to their crabs.
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