THINGS THAT MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A BAD MOMMY
I realized something last night, panicked, ran around in circles, chewed on my butt, and then calmed down. But it’s still freaking me out… These are pictures of Loser right before, and right after his molt.
Last night, I took him out so he could run around on the carpet and play and stretch his legs and such, and I noticed that one of them is missing. Not just any leg. The big one. The one with his big paw.
ERMAHGERD. So I immediately started trying to figure out what could have happened. Did he get into a fight? Are he and André not BFFs after all? Do I need to come up with new housing arrangements? And then I realized… He doesn’t look any different to me than he had a day or two ago. So I looked through my crab photo archive and, behold… It wasn’t a fight. The big paw’s been gone since the molt.
Why would that happen? It seemed fine before he molted! And he seems fine now, actually, he’s my most active, adventurous, happy crab! When I put him back in, he walked right over to the food dish, grabbed some with the little paw, ate it, and kept going.
Is there anything I should… do? Did he remove his own arm on purpose? Like, “You know this is heavy and burdensome and I don’t need it *pop*”? Aaaaaaa
I looked closer, he seems to have the beginnings of a gel nub, is he gonna molt again so soon (this was only a couple weeks to a month ago)? Will it ever grow back all the way?? WILL RODERICK AND HIS TWIN SISTER EVER BE REUNITED?????
Heck if I know!
Crabs losing an appendage post-molt tend to do so for one of two reasons.
1. While they were molting, they were either disturbed by another crab or somehow stressed enough to drop the limb
2. They didn’t have enough nutrients (from eating their old exo, or saved up pre-molt) to harden their new one over the limb, and dropped it as a result.
If he’s already got a gel limb forming, he’ll be thinking about molting again. It’ll take him a few molts to grow that back completely. Make sure he gets lots of calcium and salt! (I recommend powdered cuttlebone in the food dish.)