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Question by  debi (19)

Why is my hermit crab hanging out of its shell?


Answer by  DanielleK (535)

As hermit crabs grow their shells can become too small for their bodies, so he is looking for a new, bigger shell to move into which you should provide.


Answer by  lmath629 (402)

You probably need to provide the hermit crab with a new, slightly larger shell. It probably has outgrown the current one.


Answer by  Blossom9283 (358)

Hermit crabs come out of their shells when the shell they are in become to small for them. Make sure you have a bigger one available.


Answer by  candykitty13 (61)

Hermit crabs hang out of their shells when they grow too big and need a bigger shell. Also dead crabs hang out because nothing is holding them in any more.

posted by Anonymous
Hermit crab sitting for my granddaughter while she is on vacation.Apparently her 9yrs.old Mr.Crabby attempted overnight to change into a larger shell provided,but didn't make it.Poor little thing died hanging out of its shell.I guess we bury him when my granddaughter gets home.  add a comment

Answer by  catman529 (809)

It is either dead, dying, or it needs a bigger shell. Hermit crabs will outgrow their shells and will need to find larger ones as they grow.

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