Our Hermit Crab – Sebas Jr. has molted again! He keeps getting bigger and bigger. Soon he will need a larger shell.
We are anxious each time he molts. During the molting time a hermit crab can succumb to the rigors of trying to cast off his exoskeleton.
This time we held our breaths until the next morning when we saw the exoskeleton cast off to the side of the tank and Sebas Jr. was once again inside his shell growing stronger before sticking his head out to search for food.
Here are some photos of his latest molting.
Seeing the exoskeleton sitting there it appears to be a second crab, doesn’t it? It is such an amazing sight to see. He is nocturnal so he casts it off at night. The fish sometimes pick at the exoskeleton but have to uncover it first. Sebas buries it so they don’t find it, but they usually do dig it up.
My husband rewarded Sebas Jr. with a clam which he loves. He devours it quickly before the other fish try to steal it from him. He does fight them off with his claws. He ate the clam and is now resting to regain his strength.
Having a hermit crab (this is our third one) is fascinating. They clean the bottom of the tank doing their best to keep the tank pristine. The fish help out too by pushing all the empty clam shells to the front of the tank hinting to us to remove them and clean up their home.
If you want to know more about hermit crabs, check out my book, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab. There are all kinds of information in the back of the book along with photos I snapped of Clarence Henry in action. He was a productive and entertaining crab, even more so than Sebas. But he was a lot bigger to begin with.
I hope you enjoy reading about our pet hermit crab. I will update you from time to time on his progress as he gets bigger after molting once again.
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