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#1 Synirr

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 11:07 AM

William and I decided to get hermit crabs. :D
We discovered LiveHermitCrabs.com and were way too tempted, we both missed having land hermits around. We ordered 2 Ecuadorians, 2 ruggies, and 2 violas. Unfortunately they lost some stock after a week-long power outage following Hurricane Irene and are out of Ecuadorians, but they will be sending ruggie/viola replacements and are shipping next week! SO EXCITED!!! We're going to have a 20g long setup for them when they arrive, with plans for a 33g long when funds permit.

... Also, we were so excited about them right after we ordered that we went out and found some hermits locally to add to the upcoming colony :coverlaff:
William wanted some Caribbeans, which we didn't order because they are much cheaper locally, and I got an Ecuadorian. Now that I know we won't be getting any more E's in our shipment, I will have to be on the lookout for a couple more!

One of the PPs is really red, the other has more of a peachy tone, but it's hard to tell them apart in these pics because my camera fails. They've both already molted successfully :)
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All 3 together. The E is embarrassed because his shell is so terrible, don't make fun. (Actually, that is about as far as he can fit into it.)
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I love this guy. He is super active, not very shy, and not pinchy at all. Now if only he would change shells.
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You can see Gypsy in the background... she is very interested in them.
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Little sample bags of food I ordered from TheHermitCrabAddiction.com's store. They have a crazy variety of stuff for crabbies, omg. nom nom nom
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Posted 16 September 2011 - 11:54 AM

Hee! Grats on them. :) Their fun to make habitats for!

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 12:25 PM

I have three E's right now, and in my almost three years of owning E's, I've had two shell changes, and one that I've actually witnessed. Caribbeans tend to change shells like it's going out of style while them Equadorians tend to wear a shell until it is completely destroyed from the inside and the shell is so small they can't retract at all. Luckily, the E I purchased last month had a painted shell with glued on eyes that also met that criteria so he switched within two weeks :).

Sucks to hear about the LiveHermitCrabs stock loss from Irene though :confused:. If I ever moved on to more exotic species like strawberries, blueberries, and violas, I would order from them since they seem to be a more reputable dealer with much of the crabs' health in mind.

Also if you take good care of them, the purple pinchers will be bigger than your equadorian in a couple of years :). My largest was an equadorian for a time. Now he's third or fourth largest.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 12:53 PM

Awwww! He really does look embarrassed about that shell!

I've always wanted hermit crabs. ALWAYS. How dare you direct me to a reputable source with lots of fun things to buy for them?! :annoyed: :lolsign:

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 04:24 PM

They're adorable! Congrats! :)

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 05:15 PM

hehehehehe.... they are soooooo cute ! makes me want to get a crab. we dont get different varieties here. just a general "hermit crab" . :) how cute are they!

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 05:56 PM

I totally giggled at the title. haha.

They are really neat little critters! :) I kind of like the cheesy shell.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 06:12 PM

I really really want crabs in the near future :D Really like those violas.

Want halloween crabs also.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 06:51 PM

YAY CRABS. Sooooo cute!

We love the Hermit Crab Addiction Store. That place is super awesome. Our crabs looooove worm poop. That's the best.

Stars: Unfortunately the cheesy shells can be deadly to them. The paint can be toxic and also they can stick to the shells. So you really want them out of those ASAP, for safety rather than appearance.
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Posted 17 September 2011 - 09:58 PM

AWESOME!!!! I am so envious! Congrats Synirr!!!

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 10:48 PM

:coverlaff: at the title...

They are adorable! I saw a little hermit crab for adoption at a local Petco today. I was very tempted, but I have zero knowledge about them so I passed.

So they do pinch? How does that feel?

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 08:18 AM

Gypsy looks like she's thinking about drawn butter and lemon juice...
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