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06-20-2015 03:55 AM
Tongue_Flicker Wait til they start digging. They can plough your substrate like a child digs thru dirt lol
05-27-2015 12:21 AM
Lilysmommy Belated reply, but thank you, Shetland! If an animal depends on a person, then that person is obligated to do the best they possibly can. Especially for animals like these little crabbies...I hate that they were yanked out of the wild due to the whims of humans. I can't return them or guarantee they could stay in the wild even if I did, but if I'm going to have them, I'm going to do the best I can for them. Here's hoping that will be enough!

And sorry I'd missed your reply too, Authra! I was just thinking tonight that I should post a little update. Boromir (the medium) and Merry (the other small) are both still MIA. They've been burrowed for just over 4 weeks now. I'm hoping they'll come up soon...this time span is normal for both destressing & molting, so it's hard to tell which is happening. I'll just have to keep trying to be patient & wait to see if they'll come up with shiny new exoskeleton or if they were just getting used to things.

In the meantime, Pippin is giving me plenty to be excited about!! I'm thrilled to death tonight because he has TWO burrows in the sand (the first appeared a couple nights ago & I wasn't positive if that's what it is). He also raided the dry food bowl for the powdered egg & moved the dried mealworms, and it looks like he went for the bee pollen in the supplements bowl too. I put a couple shells down on the substrate for him & it looks like he tried one on, then changed his mind. I moved several more down in case he wants to try some more on.

I'm so excited to see signs of activity! I hope that means he's settling in nicely & going to start making himself really at home. And while the mess is pretty small so far, I've read enough on the hermit crab forum to decide that crabby mess will be my new poop-covered hedgehog wheel - I'll complain about cleaning it up, but when there's no mess, I'll panic. And then be full of relief when there's a mess again. Apparently hermit crabs can throw house parties that rival that of hedgehogs! I hope the other two crabbies will come up soon to help Pippin trash my nice tank.
05-15-2015 04:52 PM
shetland Kelsey, I am so happy for you! Whatever your pet shall be.........you will always provide the best life with love, concern, and caring!!! I never actually saw a crab before, so this is also very educational for me.
05-15-2015 12:57 PM
Originally Posted by Lilysmommy View Post
Yup, I'm completely in it now. So happy to be a crazy *SOMETHING* lady again!! I already love these little guys, even though I barely met two of them, and I can't wait until they become more comfortable & come back up to explore their new place. They deserve every bit of it.
How's the hermit crab colony doing
05-09-2015 07:32 PM
Lilysmommy Yup, I'm completely in it now. So happy to be a crazy *SOMETHING* lady again!! I already love these little guys, even though I barely met two of them, and I can't wait until they become more comfortable & come back up to explore their new place. They deserve every bit of it.
05-09-2015 04:16 PM
nikki You can now be known as the crazy crabbie lady!! LOL They are very spoiled and very lucky.
05-09-2015 12:43 AM
Lilysmommy Heh, I'm hoping I can manage to keep these little babies alive long enough to get that big, Neil! I'm not counting on it by any means, with the difficulty of caring for these little ones, but if I can, I'll be ecstatic. But I'm also already planning on upgrading their tank, and as they grow, they'll definitely get home upgrades to give them plenty of space for their size, so hopefully I'll be able to keep them from getting out.

And thank you MomLady! I'm really pleased to have it set up with more interesting things & more things for them to climb & check out. It was looking a little too boring & plain before, especially for such acrobatic little animals. I'm kind of tempted to get some cork flats to attach to the lid so they can climb upside down if they want. I've seen a few people discuss having something like that set up & having little spidercrabs hanging out on the ceiling! I think I'm also going to move the flower bowl over to the front wall so that I can do a corner hammock in the right front corner with some fishnet. Though I need to make sure I don't make it impossible for me to get the large dry food bowl out. I seriously already want to upgrade their tank & I've only had them for two weeks.
05-08-2015 10:53 PM
MomLady Wow, they have a palace! That's a beautiful set up.
05-08-2015 05:38 AM
Tongue_Flicker Wahaha congrats kelsey! Just don't get the really huge ones like i have or else you'll have escapee problems haha
05-08-2015 12:21 AM
Lilysmommy I updated the tank! Pippin was pretty unhappy with me messing around in there so much yesterday & today, but I'm going to leave the set up as it is now for a while, at least. So he won't have to worry about me doing more than water changes & food changes. I'm still amazed at how easily he's taking all of the changes of moving to my house, a new tank, new food, etc. Such a tough little guy!

Here's the top view -

On the left side, out of view, is a shower caddy with moss in it for a moss pit. The back has a shower caddy with shells - a shell shop. I have that over top the cork round that's the main hide. I'm paranoid about the shell shop falling & hurting someone, so the cork round holds it up a bit. I also added a little clay pot hide between the two pools. I wrapped hemp rope around the supports for the little shelf, which worked exactly as I was hoping! I also made a ramp up to the top level with a wooden dowel wrapped in hemp rope. In the right lower corner & the bottom side, I have suction cup soap holders to hold the leaf bowl & flower bowl. Underneath those is a large dish that will now hold all of the dry foods & supplements, to be changed once a week or more if needed. Still have a bowl (over towards the pools more) for the frozen/wet food too. And then I wrapped the jungle vine in hemp rope to make it easier for them to climb! I need to ziptie it in place a bit though, it doesn't want to stay put very well.

Side view -

And a closer picture of the finished shelf -

Here's hoping everyone enjoys checking out the new high places! So far I haven't seen Pippin do too much, he's relatively friendly, but still too shy to do much while I'm watching. The other two are still burrowed, as far as I know. I want to get a day/night security camera or something to set up so I can see what they're doing at night!
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