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Do hermit crabs have two large claws?

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My hermit crab has only one claw. Did he lose it? It was already missing when I bought him from Petco.
asked Jul 18, 2013 in Animal Welfare by (3,430 points)

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Hermit crabs have 5 pairs of legs - 10 legs. They use mainly 4 pairs to move around. They have feeler hairs on their legs.  The 2 back legs are very small. The 2 legs in the front are very large and used to grasp objects. You should check with Petco where you purchased him to find out what happened.
answered Jul 23, 2013 by (36,420 points)
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I did and they said he lost his front leg because of stress when they shipped him over. :) Thanks!
I think it's great that you're giving him a home in spite of the loss of his leg. He's one lucky crab!