Despite what many people think, the hermit crab life expectancy is far beyond the several weeks or months that most people are used to from hermit crabs.
In this article we will explore why keeping hermit crabs alive is such a problem and how we can rectify that issue.
Why The Hermit Crab Life Expectancy is So Low
If you have a hermit crab or are looking to buy one, chances are that you got your hermit crab or are looking to buy your hermit crab from the pet store and/or mall kiosk. Unfortunately, a small plastic container and cheap pet food is the reason why many hermit crabs in captivity do not survive beyond a few months.
Hermit crabs can outlive most other animals if properly cared for. Some hermit crab owners have been caring for their hermit crabs since the 1970′s.
And ironically despite the fact that many pet store workers struggle to even keep all their hermit crabs alive before they are sold, pet stores continue to advertise hermit crabs as “easy to care for” and “low-maintenance” animals that make great pets for children. Painted shells that are toxic are also used to attract children and adults alike.
Extending the Hermit Crab Life Expectancy
A hermit crab who is properly taken care of can live upwards of 30-40 years or more. Thats right! The hermit crab life expectancy is far beyond what many people think.
Properly taking care of your hermit crabs entails creating the proper habitat for your crab and feeding your crab a good organic diet of meat and plants.
Your hermit crab habitat should have at least 2 crabs inside as hermit crabs are social animals and be at least 10 gallons big. Make sure the temperature inside the tank is 70 degrees Fahrenheit or more and at a level of at least 70% humidity. You can use a temperature gauge and a humidity gauge to measure the humidity in your hermit crab habitat and the temperature.
Feed your hermit crab foods such organic fruits and vegetables, meal worm, raw fish, crickets etc. if you really want to extend you hermit crabs life expectancy. Avoid feeding your hermit crab processed foods, fast foods, junk foods, sugar, spicy foods and table scrapes.
If you want your pet hermit crabs life expectancy to go up, keep in mind that your hermit crab is not a garbage bin!
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