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Lobster Update - cellophane
the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Lobster Update
Our office hermit crab has been less social this week. I walked into the office yesterday and glanced at the crabitat. Not only was Lobster nowhere to be seen -- meaning that he was probably hiding in his hut -- but he had somehow pulled his sponge in front of the door!

He has a little coconut hut, which has a crab-sized "door" opening in the front. He also has a natural sea sponge, which we keep moist in an effort to give him some humidity. (Crabs like humidity, but our office is only 15% humid.) The sponge is usually tucked in a corner somewhere. It is convenient for climbing should a crab desire it, but otherwise out of the way.

I guess he was feeling very anti-social yesterday morning, and he took that sponge and dragged it behind him as he retreated to his hut. The sponge was then completely blocking the entrance, with him inside.

Probably feeling all safe and secure in there, with the door covered.

Of course the poor crab hasn't quite grasped that any one of us humans are much bigger than him. It doesn't matter if he has the door closed. It doesn't matter if he hides in the coconut, or even if he holds it down with his little claws. He can't get away from us. We can pick up his entire hut if we want to spend time with him.

I am not an unkind crab-owner though, so I let him be for most of the day. He wants privacy? Okay, I'll give him some privacy. Until the afternoon.... then it was time for me to move the coconut and force the crab to be social!

I gave him a quick dunk in his water, then forced him to wander around the corral for awhile. Not a coconut hut in sight....

But I think he enjoyed having a nice stroll. It's hard to tell: he wears that shell so tight, I have difficulty getting in and discerning his emotions. But I like to think that I'm getting through to him.

Because this morning? Well, he was hiding in the hut again. BUT... there was no sponge covering the door. Baby steps.

Or would that be baby skitters?

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shadowriderhope From: shadowriderhope Date: March 1st, 2007 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Um, Rennie... you know he is a *hermit* crab, right? ;)

Still, nifty. And yes, I think it would be 'baby skitters.' ;)
ellison From: ellison Date: March 1st, 2007 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I really, really like your Lobster updates!
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: March 1st, 2007 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Is my voice really that high?

jenaflynn From: jenaflynn Date: March 1st, 2007 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know why, but I find these Hermit crab updates so awesome. Keep writing them! :-)
thinggtwoo From: thinggtwoo Date: March 1st, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
:) Hermit crabs are not really hermits - they're very social, and LOVE company. Having one by himself probably means he's lonely...a buddy would be GREAT for him! Also - they need pools of water - small dishes would be okay, as long as they can climb into them. They need to replenish the small amount of water they carry in their shells, and so will get into the dishes of water periodically. One dish of Fresh water (DECHLORINATED!! Chlorine is poison to Hermies), and one dish of salt water. You can get both the dechlorinator and the right kind of salt at Pet Supplies, or Petco, Petsmart, what have you. Then put the sponge in one of the dishes of water. The sand should be sand-castle consistency, because they like to tunnel - dry sand isn't good, but neither is sopping wet sand.

I have Hermies, and have lost 3 out of 5 over a year - so I guess you could say, I've learned these things through trial and error! Here's a GREAT website for HC Care tips:

http://www.hermitcrabassociation.com/phpBB/index.php

Oh, and this one:
http://www.hermit-crabs.com/care.html

:)
swerve From: swerve Date: March 1st, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
One more vote for the Lobster updates. I love 'em. :)
fachless From: fachless Date: March 1st, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you have it all wrong. Being that this is Lent, I'm sure he's just working on his Easter Pagent of the Passion. Clearly the sponge/hut is supposed to represent the tomb! What fun for you all to be able to watch this work in progress. :) I'm sure the end product will be CRAB-tacular!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 3rd, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that makes so much more sense now! I can't wait to see the final production. Do they do these things on easter day? I might need to bring him home that weekend.
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