Why does a hermit crab crawl out of its shell to die?

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  1. Lori Dudley profile image79
    Lori Dudleyposted 2 years ago

    Why does a hermit crab crawl out of its shell to die?

    I went out to freshen the water and food and he was outside of his shell. I take good care of him and I was surprised to see him there like that. Not sure their life-span is very long, but it was still weird to see him just laying there, all vulnerable.


  2. SmartAndFun profile image94
    SmartAndFunposted 2 years ago

    Is it possible he is molting? Crabs crawl out of their shell and bury themselves under the sand to molt. Sometimes they will stay under the sand, molting, for weeks or months. I feared our crab was dead the first time he did this.

    If your crab did in fact die, I'm so sorry! Poor little fella. Unfortunately I don't have the answer to your question.

    1. Lori Dudley profile image79
      Lori Dudleyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I never thought of that! I wish that was the case. He didn't bury himself. He was laying out in the open. Thank you so much for responding :-)

  3. Henry Bemis profile image78
    Henry Bemisposted 2 years ago

    Depending on what led to the crabs death. They will leave the shell if starving, desperation or lack of strength to carry it, in a vain attempt to find food. However, I doubt they starve very often and since I am no biologist and I assume you Googled to find an answer already, I will give my educated best guess. Fear.

    Maybe the crab knows something is wrong, maybe if they are sick or even dying naturally, and being in tune with itself panics and runs out its shell thinking maybe the shell is the harbinger of this feeling. However, that may be silly, since we know when we panic at least, rational thought is out the window. So, that actually makes sense since leaving the shell makes no sense. Panic. Fear.

    Maybe. I don't know.

    1. Lori Dudley profile image79
      Lori Dudleyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I've had him for quite awhile & he eats regularly & very well. It could have been his age. I have no idea. All I do know is I did all I could as far as temperature, food, water and housing. Maybe it was just his time. Thank you kindly for you


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