GIANT HERMIT CRAB CHANGING SHELLS! - GROSS! IN HD!
Our hermit crab Gloria changing shells. People, please read. I purchased her in the painted shell and caught video of her switching out of the painted shell for a natural one. I removed the painted shell immediately after she got out of it. I purchased her at a mall a few weeks before Christmas 2006. Gloria is currently still alive as of 10/28/11 and doing quite well in a 40 gallon aquarium with 2 others who have also lived for 4 years. Gloria likes to change shells often, sometimes up to 10 or so in the same day. All are natural shells and she's currently grown as big as my hand.
Zoo Med Hermit Crab "Growth" Shell - X-Large - 1 pk. As a hermit crab grows in size, it must abandon its old shell and exchange it for a larger, more accommodating one. It is therefore important that you always keep additional shells in your hermit crab enclosure to help facilitate these transitions.... - Zoo Med Hermit Crab "Growth" Shell - X-Large - 1 pk.
Hermit crabs change shells on their own terms! Under no circumstances should you try to force your crab to switch shells. Hermit crabs will literally let themselves be ripped apart before letting go of their shell.The very first thing your new pets will need is a 'crabitat.' Acrabitatis where your hermit crabs will spend most of their time, so choose ahomethat is clean and roomy. A 10-gallon glass aquarium can be purchased ata reasonable price and makes an ideal 'starter home' for your crabs. Ifyou are unable to purchase an aquarium, there are other optionsavailable, such as plastic critter carriers. Keep in mind how manycrabs you ultimately plan on housing and how you would like their hometo look. It will help you make up your mind when the time comes todecide on the size of your crabitat. Make sure the cage will hold yourpets, their food and water dishes, extra shells and climbing toys. Youwant a cage large enough to hold all these things and still have spacefor the crabs to roam if they wish. This means that the smallplastic box that you got from a mall kiosk or boardwalk store is not anadequate shelter for any hermit crab. One way to give the crabsroom to wander is to leave an area at the back or front of the crabitatthat is completely clear of obstructions. This way the crab has an"express lane" to run down if s/he needs to get some energy out anddoesn't want to climb. While a plastic critter carrier makes a passabletemporary home or'hospital cage,' it is not recommended as a permanent home.Sometimes hermit's will come up a different color, have "hair like" hairs on their legs (actually an extension of the exoskeleton), have bright black eyes and will be full of energy and sometimes will change shells. Hermit crab will molt depending on the size of the crab more often as younger crabs (1 inch or under) or longer for larger crabs (2 inches and above) It's always "Quicker for the Small, Longer for the Large" For example smaller hermit's will molt more often and in a shorter time then larger crabs the molt less often though take much longer. Molting times depend on the crabs size, and stress levels. Crabs that need to destress prior to a molt will go down sooner and stay down longer. Molting is stressful for all crabs, and all crabs handle it differently. Crabs that have lost limbs will regrow them with each molt and can take a few molts to fully regrow limbs.If your crab is hanging on to a painted shell, give them time. As long as you make sure there are shells about the right size for them, eventually they’ll choose to scale up, and you can safely remove the painted shell from the tank. Again, NEVER try to force a shell change!