I have two hermie's that seem to bury themselves and sleep all day but at night you can hear them trashing their habitat. I am wondering how you know the difference between when a crab is digging and buries himself to molt or when they dig and bury themselves just because they want too??
I take them out daily and let them crawl on me and around the floor and they really seem to enjoy that. But I fear I am unburying them and taking them out when they want to be left alone to molt. How do I know the difference? I am not up in the middle of the night when they are up to take them out, so that's why I do during the day.
Should I leave them alone and in their area or can I continue to un dig them and take them out?
First things first....you should never ever unbury a crab...no matter what you think they are doing. Ever. Secondly...crabs need humidity to breathe. They shouldn't be taken out to play with....its stressful to them. Hermit crabs are more of an observe type of pet not an interaction type pet.
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Please leave them buried. They may just be unstressing if they are still coming out at night. If you continue to unbury them they will stay stressed. When they are molting they will not unbury at night until the molt has finished and their new shell hardens.
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Oct 21, 2015 14:07:06 GMT -5
As has been said you never ever want to dig a crab up as it can cause stress & disrupt molts. You also don't want to have them out to "play" as this can cause stress & also make them able to not breathe very well. When they go to molt (crabs dig for tons of reasons) they will be down without coming up for a while & they are very vulnerable during this time so should be left alone.
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