All About Hermit Crabs – Hermit Crab Facts, Hermit Crab Information & More
Land Hermit Crabs – The Perfect Pets
Land hermit crabs make great pets, but they are not as simple to care for as some people may think especially since strict humidity and temperature control are required in a hermit crab’s environment.
Before you purchase a hermit crab as a pet, it is extremely important that you learn about hermit crabs in general and their specifics – their diets, how to take care of their shells, their personalities, likes, dislikes, etc.
This will prevent major problems from happening such as your hermit crab getting sick or even dying.
Ideally, you should learn all the hermit crab information you can even have your hermit crab habitat set up and ready before you even bring home your new hermit crab.
Hermit Crabs In Pet Stores
Sadly, there is a lack of proper hermit crab information and knowledge from pet stores on how to care for hermit crabs.
If you are buying your hermit crab from the pet store then you may have noticed that your hermit crab was kept in a small plastic container.
A hermit crab cannot survive long term in a small plastic container without proper temperature and humidity.
At times, you may see hermit crabs in stores that have been colourfully painted to attract young children’s attention. Do not get tricked by this.
Colourful painted shells are toxic to hermit crabs. Even if the paint is non-toxic, your hermit crab will get sick from the paint flecks.
Hermit Crab Habitats (Crabitats)
As mentioned, hermit crabs cannot survive in small plastic containers. In fact, hermit crabs will only live for a few weeks to months if they are kept on a plastic container.
If you really want to properly care for your hermit crab, you need to set up a proper hermit crab habitat or crabitat.
In a nutshell, this will be a glass terrarium with more than 1 hermit crab with plenty of fresh fruits, water, proper substrate and even real plants. Hermit crabs are very social creatures who do not like to live in isolation.
The Hermit Crab Diet
Although you may be tempted to feed your hermit crab little pellets of “hermit crab food” from the pet store, be warned.
These little pellets of “food” will make your hermit crab nothing but sick. Ingredients in hermit crab pet store “food” have been banned in both dog and cat food and has very little nutritional value.
Hermit crabs are omnivores, meaning they need to eat both meat and vegetables, and require a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals that they should be getting from fresh fruits, vegetables and meat, poultry or seafood.
The Life Span of A Hermit Crab
A hermit crab, if properly taken care of, can live anywhere from 20-80 years or more.
This is a big difference from pet store hermit crabs that are only able to live a few weeks to a few months at most.
As a pet owner, you want to do whatever you can to extend the life of your hermit crab. This includes feeding your hermit crab real food and keeping your hermit crab in an environment that is similar to his or hers in the wild.
The Complete Owner’s Guide to Caring for Your Hermit Crabs
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“Even though I don’t have any hermit crabs YET, I always see them for sale in malls and have always been interested in learning more about them. This book is an excellent introduction, with both basic and advanced information (mating, habitat, feeding, etc.) on hermit crabs. Definitely a great read for anyone interested in this unique pet.” – Jennifer
“I’ve had a few hermit crabs as pets in the past and I could never figure out why they kept on dying on me only after a few months. After I read this book not only was I able to become a better pet owner, I have finally learned how to keep my little pets alive! Thank you!” – Joseph