Hermit crabs are one of the most inexpensive exotic pets one can own. Like every pet that is taken out of its habitat, the hermit crab has a chance of dying while in captivity. It is often difficult to tell whether your hermit crab is dead, or just molting. Closely observing your hermit crab to find out whether it is dead or just molting can be a life-or-death situation for your crab. Read on to learn how to tell if a hermit crab is dead. Look for obvious signs. Closely observe your hermit crab for a little while. Its legs or body may twitch, which is a surefire sign that your crab is alive. It will not always be this easy. Do not disturb the crab. If your hermit crab is alive and just in a molting state, any disturbance from you can be disastrous for your hermit crab. Cut the top off of a 2-liter bottle and place the top over your hermit crab if it is in a habitat with other crabs. This will protect it if it's just molting. This is especially important if your hermit crab is on the ...
If your hermit crab has just dug and hasn't resurfaced there's a good probability that it's either a digger (a crab that just likes to be under the sand) or it's molting, in which is could stay down there in either case for over a month.