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I took a close look at Toodles today (she came up a few days ago, presumably from a molt as her leg tips are crazy sharp!) as I thought I saw an odd spot on the segment above her BP. She has some brightly colored areas on her exo - she's an E but has reddish orange accents on her BP, legs, etc. But on the upper segment of her BP, it looks like the color got chipped off, if that makes sense. It's a super tiny spot where it's dark in the middle of color, and I haven't gotten a clear picture of it yet. Is there any way to tell if it's shell rot as opposed to just an interesting looking marking or the result of her scraping herself (and can crabs even scrape themselves like we do?)?
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Maybe her leg was resting against something when she molted and that caused the discoloration? I"d keep an eye on it, see if it gets bigger.
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Thanks, Vicki! It doesn't appear to have gotten any worse, although she's been in the cholla every time I walk by so I can't get too close of a look at it.
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That sounds like a good explanation Vicki, I think we forget to let our minds go that way, we just freak out (me!) because things don't seem right. :D
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I have my share of freakouts lol I think it's easier to see outside the box when you're not the one having the freak out session. :P
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That's why I love the forums I'm on, Vicki. Without these, I'd just be freaking out all the time.
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Hehehehe...More brains more ideas to share. Someone may think of something you didn't and so on. Since nothings really set in stone with these critters it's good to get information out there to think about.
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