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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Breaking News: My PP Molts!

Remember PP, my big crab? For weeks I've seen her (yes, it's a SHE) grow a jelly arm (when they lose a cheliped they grow a jelly arm first before the real arm) and just yesterday I noticed that it seemed bigger and more bulbous. Also, she's been eating and drinking a LOT. So those were telltale signs alright.

See her cuddled up inside? She's been inside the house since last night after they've had their exercise and regular bath. I also rinsed their old dirty substrate yesterday and so they're now enjoying  fresh and moist sand which is perfect for molting.

When I checked this morning PP was just bunched up in her shell, not moving a muscle. So I figured she must be asleep (crabs are nocturnal). However, when I checked again a few minutes ago (it's now 9:45pm), this is what I discovered:

These are very good molt pictures, if I may say so myself. I had to call my sister and my Mom so they could check her out, too. They like it when I have a newly-molted crab, they find the whole process interesting.

Now I've separated her from the rest and she's now in the ISO tank resting. She should be up and about in a week. Now only Gigantor and Hercules are the ones who haven't molted yet :)

2 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that's so interesting, haha. Are crabs easy to take care of? I've been thinking of getting a pet for a while now, but I was hoping for something more low maintenance than a dog.

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  2. Hi Lizz! They're pretty low maintenance, just make sure they have water and food everyday and their sand is kept clean. That's basically it. You can read up on crab care online, I'd be happy to help you out if you have questions. You might want to get 3 crabs initally, just so they don't get lonely :)

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