Land Hermit Crab Molting
In order for your Hermit crab to grow it must molt. Molting is the shedding of the Hermit crabs old exoskeleton. For a very young Hermit crab molting takes place frequently. Adult crabs will molt usually around only 2-3 times a year. There are potential warning signs to look for if your Hermit crab is molting but you can never be sure the exact time your crab will molt. If your Hermit crab is usually active and begins to become lethargic or not eating often that is one sign. Changes in your Hermit crabs behavior is the best signs of your Hermit crab molting. If a Hermit crab loses a claw or leg don't worry it will grow back and molting makes that possible. If your Hermit crab has molted be sure to provided plenty of moisture and leave him alone in peace. Also, leave the old exoskeleton in the cage he will eat it because it is a good source of calcium. Be sure not to mistake the old exoskeleton for your crab and remove the old one thinking he has died. In a few days the new esoskeleton will harden and the crab will emerge shiney and new.