OAC: What do you think are the most harmful misperceptions people have about hermit crabs as pets?
Hermit crabs can be relatively low-maintenance but they have strict housing and care requirements. They will not live more than a year without meeting these requirements, whereas ones living under proper care can live 10 years or longer. They should never be considered as "throwaway pets."
Hermit crabs make fantastic pets, but you may want to avoid getting one for your child. Without the proper care, which goes well beyond clean food and water, pet hermit crabs are disappointing and live a short life struggling to survive.
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The Hermit Crab Association is looking for people who areserious about hermit crabs. If you are tired of seeing hermitcrabs treated as "throwaway animals," we're the group for you! TheHermit Crab Association promotes proper crab care in various ways, fromhanding our care sheets to posting reports of recommended pet storesthroughout the world. We work on the principle that positivereinforcement is the best teacher. The Hermit Crab Associationwas founded in 2001 and has enjoyed many wonderful years of helpinghermit crab lovers with their pets. Visit us today at Marine hermit crabs live in the ocean and land hermit crabs live primarily on land. Land crabs are more active at night and spend their days hiding from the sun. Land crabs are the ones kept as pets.I read a popular article once talking about why you shouldn't buy hermit crabs due to the fact that in the wild they live 40-50 years as opposed to only months in captivity. While this is true, realistically speaking, people are still going to buy hermit crabs. I own many hermit crabs; but, like any pet, pet owners need to know how to properly care for them. Sellers aren't getting this information out, but it's important. Hermit crabs are not throw away pets. They can live a long time if you take care of them correctly! I've had mine for years now, and here's how to keep them happy and healthy...There are two main types of hermit crabs available as pets. There is the purple claw crab and the Ecuadorian crab. The purple claw crab is naturally found from Florida to as far south as Venezuela and can be found miles from the ocean. It is reddish in color with dark red or purple claws. Hermit crabs are among the more unusual pets, although they do make interesting, easy care companions. They have distinct personalities, are active and curious, and their unique characteristics and low maintenance requirements make them good pets. In the United States, there are two main species of hermit crabs found as pets: Coenobita clypeatus (goes by a variety of names such as Caribbean crab, purple pincher crab, land hermit crab, tree crab, or soldier crab) and Coenobita compressus (Ecuadorian Crab or E-Crab).