How To Care For a Crab Missing Legs/Claws Jul 18, 2013 15:37:06 GMT -5 Ookami-Meggle, ifluctuate, and 3 more like this
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Jul 18, 2013 15:37:06 GMT -5
So you found or bought a crab missing many of it’s legs or it’s claws. How will he eat? How can he get around? Crabs are resilient, but they can also use a bit of help from us from time to time. Meet Seminole. This young purple pincer crab had a mysterious accident & I found her with all her front limbs missing but 3 legs. After she escaped from her in-tank isolation (a Kritter Keeper) 3 times, I realized she was perfectly capable of climbing. (Obviously a crab with no legs wouldn’t be quite so spry ) So I went about the task of making sure she could eat. I made her a plate of foods that were very watery so that it would not just be easier to eat, but provide some hydration as well. Most of the time, she stayed right on her food.
Even without claws, a crab can use it's legs to get food into it's mouth. Having no forelimbs at all can be a bit more challenging, but it is still possible. You can feed by hand using something small like a pen cap (the straight piece that sticks off it), a coffee stirrer, Q-tip or small paint brush. To avoid added stress, I did none of these with Seminole and let her feed herself. Placing them right on top of their food allows them to reach down with their mouth parts and get the food directly, this is why making it powdered food or watery food is important since they have no claws to pinch "bites" off with.
Seminole got very good at getting around with her 3 legs.
A crab missing all of it's legs will obviously not be able to dig down on their own. You may notice over time that they start replacing those legs with gel limbs.