Re: Hermit Crabs
Just like bears hybernating for months at a time. They typically eat and drink as much as they can prior to digging themselves under. Or, sometimes they'll just dig without reserves, which typically points to stress-induced hiding. When they are underground, they are not actively moving or utilizing much of their nutrient stores. I imagine they slow down their metabolism as well.
Originally Posted by Ackis
I've had some crabs that have stayed down for half a year and come up just fine. A little more hungry than usual, but fine.
Crabs also love to climb. They will typically climb and do the strangest things as 'entertainment' for themselves. Changing shells isn't something they really 'enjoy' doing. It's just something they'll do as part of growing. Climbing and exploring... Now that's where the entertainment is at.
In the wild, hermit crabs are often found in the tops of palm trees and climbing on various other 'plants' in the area that can support their weight. If you're looking for entertainment, definitely look in to adding some types of branches or climbing things for them. Cholla wood they love, but it can mold quickly in a high humidity environment. But most hard woods (like Malasyian Driftwood) do wonderfully and can be found at some of the specialty aquarium or some chain pet stores too :-)! (Avoid Grapevine. It will last like 3-4 days before molding, haha)
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