Hermit crabs (affectionately called hermies) are great pets to have
How to Properly Care for Land Hermit Crabs in 10 Steps. I loved having these guys as pets!
Land Hermit Crabs are nocturnal, but pets often emerge to feed by day. When established in a properly-designed terrarium, they will be quite active and exhibit many interesting behaviors.
Handling is stressful to Hermit Crabs, including long-term pets. They can be grasped by the back of the shell, but often can reach this area with their claw. Large individuals can administer a painful pinch, and I’d bet that the Coconut Crab can break fingers!
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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. Hermit crabs are not "true crabs." They have a smaller, soft abdomen which they protect by living in an empty snail shell. They must find larger shells as they grow, and owners of these pets must provide progressively larger shells as their pets grow. In the wild they are omnivores, feeding on both plant and animal material. There are both marine and land hermit crabs. The information below refers to the land hermit crab. 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 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... 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). 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.