|This was easier than I thought unless we screwed something up!:(|
In other science-related news, one of the hermit crabs provided quite the science lesson today. Lucas noticed a white "thing" next to the crab's shell. Curiosity led us to grab the shell and inspect it. Upon further inspection, we found something moving inside that had claws much like a crab. We also picked up the white thing which looked like claws and like half the body was torn off. We immediately suspected the crab was attacked and half eaten. Quickly, we thought to do a Google search on hermit crabs and molting. Monica found that hermit crabs do indeed molt, but should remain undisturbed. The crab is apparently very soft still and must be allowed to harden in its shell. The newly molted crab will then EAT his molted exoskeleton....I guess there's some important protein there. Needless to say, the girls returned the shell and moltings where we found everything to see if the crab survives after all of our manipulating.:( I hope it does make it. The crabs have been a lot of fun to watch!