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i finally witnessed a shell change!!!!!!!!!!! i just watched liam switch shells!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*dies of crabby happiness*

his squishy bum is a light seafoam green color, how strange.

i also have the "everybody wants to be a cat" song from the aristocats stuck in my head. :\

i = loser

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On March 23rd, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC), fuzzdecay replied:
not really, their sexual organs aren't on the squishy part :P
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On March 23rd, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC), aubieturtle commented:
When a crab decides the switch shells, do they already have the new one picked out when they leave the old one? It seems dangerous if they just pop out of the existing shell and hope there is another good one around.
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On March 23rd, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC), fuzzdecay replied:
yeah, they inspect the new shell throughly by poking their legs in and then their big claw and finally their head/feelers, and then they rotate it around with their legs until it's in the right position, and then they change. it takes them about 2 seconds to completely change, but they can spend hours shell shopping, so you never know when it's gonna happen.
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On March 23rd, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC), pochanike commented:
yeah their bodies are gross lol...

i've seen hermit crabs fight over shells

its so funny when a hermit crab is trying on different shells
and he tries one on thats way too small lolol i laughed so hard at that
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On March 23rd, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC), fuzzdecay replied:
i've always tried to keep a lot of shells on hand to discourage shellfights, because they can die from those :\

i've only had crabs change shells 4-5 times in all the time i've owned them (off and on for 4 years), and i've never been able to catch them doing it. they're sneaky little bastards.

i've only had them change into way too big shells that almost come off when they try to climb up stuff, never too small ones.
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On March 23rd, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC), pochanike replied:
even with lots of shells available hermit crabs can be quite aggressive... i dont know how to spell that right now for some reason... anyway... they were trying to pull each other out of each others shell and they were huge... and there was like a smaller hermit sitting on one of their backs. these are fully aquatic sea hearmit crabs... not the little blue legged ones or anything, they were from the ocean... i took them for my saltwater tank....

anyway... then i've seen one of the hermits try to get into one that was very large... and he fit and was able to keep it on... but he couldnt move it was so heavy lolol they're so funny sometimes.
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On March 23rd, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC), fuzzdecay replied:
only aquatic hermit crabs are agressive/cannibalistic like that.

land hermit crabs are gentler and more laid back. although there is still sometimes molter agression.

i would die if my crabbies started fighting :\
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