Anonymous said: Shellburt ended up dying.. What could have happened to him?
First of all, I’m sorry for your loss.
I can’t give any solid reasoning, unfortunately. I can make a bunch of speculations, but in the end I can’t say anything for certain.
Since you said he’d just come up from a molt, it’s possible that he had a rough one, or stayed down too long for his food reserves. It might have been a calcium issue as well - but there’s plenty of reasons a crab’s health could take a bad turn.
I’ve had two crabs - a PP and an Ecuadorian - who passed away after a day or two of streaking, about a year apart from each other. There had to be a reason, something I’d messed up.
But 12 other healthy crabs, one of whom I’ve had since the beginning of my nearly 3 years as a crab parent, tell me I’m clearly doing things just fine. It wasn’t something I could have prevented, and it wasn’t something you could have prevented.
I’m sorry Shellburt didn’t make it.