Thursday, June 15, 2006

A Death

Last night at 9:30, I came home and checked on the hermit crabs. I noticed that hermit crab number 2, Raki, looked kindof strange. On closer inspection, I realized that her legs were not attached to her body. Ewwww. I'm not sure if she spontaneously dropped all her legs (a la Mr. Krabbs of Spongebob fame) or maybe another crab picked a fight. I'm guessing the latter.

The Suspect: Sauron is the biggest crab, the most active, and probably the one that literally took Raki apart.

We had a funeral for Raki while I held her body pieces in a table spoon over the garbage can. She is now blissfully scampering over the big beach in the sky.

Isaac was pretty sad. But we're going to get another crab and name her Raki II.


Anonymous said...

It was not a molt, right? Hermit crabs molt their exoskeleton. See

for further info.

Katie said...

Nope, it wasn't a molt. All of the crabs (except Sauron) molted right away after I brought them home. Raki was under the sand for a month. Plus, the shell was pretty much empty after all the legs fell out. Ewwww.