Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by loom, Jan 10, 2017.
Ha! But don't you just love her purty eye lashes?
My brother had a couple hermit crabs growing up. One ate the other when he was molting. Do they just do that? Or was the diet lacking? The living one didn't survive much longer either.
Could have been either scenario. Crabs are scavengers and molting crabs release a hormone that smells delicious (to other crabs; to us it smells slightly Sulphur-y). Had the molter enough space and substrate to molt in peace, he probably wouldn't have been found by the other crab. Also, crabs need animal protein in their diet. If it's lacking they will cannibalize other crabs whether or not they are molting, but molting crabs are incapacitated and easy prey. Hermit crabs are actually social creatures and prefer company of their own kind. In nature they will cannibalize dead crabs but not living ones. We force them into unnatural environment and that creates unnatural behaviors.
Here is a neato (at least to me...) video of wild crabs changing shells en masse.
1. They are so cute.
2. I'm never getting a hermit crab.
My work here is done!!
I would also never get one. I didn't realize their care was so specific! I kinda always figured they needed more care than the pet store let on, but wow. I feel bad for all those poor crabs. They're marketed to children...
I think their pretty cool, we have them at work. I wouldnt say they are crazy popular maybe have seen one sell since i started there in september.
Ive helped a few people who have them worh their setups for them and have directed them away from bad choices.
One lady really thanked me for my help when no one in that section of the store would help her (she was looking after them for someone else).
Id love to get in their to learn more about them but im not allowed to work with the animals and have doubts i will.
That video was unbelievable. It's Mother Nature at work. Never knew anything this fascinating happens.
Isn't nature fascinating and grand?
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