Molted Horseshoe Crabs
We have a wide selection of Small to Large Dried Molted Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs for Sale, sold individually and in bulk lots measuring between 4 and 11 inches long. We also carry "hand picked" large horseshoe crabs allowing you to see exactly what you are buying. Horseshoe Crabs are also known as the American horseshoe crab. Scientific name: Limulus polyphemus found on the American Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. A horseshoe crab is built like a tank! Its heavily-armored exterior protects the vulnerable parts inside. Despite their name, horseshoe crabs, are not crabs but are members of the order Xiphosura and are more closely related to scorpions, spiders and ticks, than they are to true crabs. For the horseshoe to grow larger, it must molt and shed its shell. These "molts" can sometimes be found near tidal flats. After its third or fourth year it sheds its skin annually, sometime during July or August.