Hermit Crabs

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    Do hermit crabs molt?

    I am almost positive that I only have one and I still seem him in there in him shell but I see what looks to be the skeleton of another green one about the same size.


    Do green hermits molt?
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Yep...
     
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    Doc I don't work for anybody

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    most hermits drop their shell when they outgrow it and hunt down a bigger shell. If they cannot find one, they will seek out a snail with a shell that is bigger, kill it, and then steal the shell.

    Emerald crabs, strawberry crabs, Acro crabs, etc molt

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    Yup. That's what happened to me. I had some empty shells all over the tank but i guess the hermit wanted the snail's. So in the morning i noticed a Hermit with a snail shell...but now he has to dodge my yellow tang trying to pick at the algae on the shell...ha ha ha
     
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    fishbait I found Nemo

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    if it has an exoskeleton, it must molt to grow.
     
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    True, true, Fishbait. All crustaceans molt.
     
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