Sebas Jr. – Hermit Crab Molted again!

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.

What is left of the exoskeleton that fish picked over.

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.

Sebas Jr. resting after molting

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.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again soon. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books and love reviews!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

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Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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6 Responses to Sebas Jr. – Hermit Crab Molted again!

  1. Jan Sikes says:

    Interesting. Glad it all went well for Sebas Jr.

  2. noelleg44 says:

    A-mazing! and yup, probably time for a bigger shell.

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