For years I kept a molting diary where I documented all of my pet crabs molts
Unfortunately, one of the hermit crabs passed away within a few days, most likely due to . “We knew that crabs were social and that my daughter’s little crab (Squirt) needed a buddy,” Mary Ann said, “so I purchased my first hermit crab (Crabzilla) from our local pet store.” Drawn in by their antics and irresistibly cute eyes, Mary Ann soon found herself adopting more of these little creatures, and eventually founding a sanctuary for the lifelong care and well-being of many other hermit crabs.
But what happens if conditions remain unfavorable for too long? My theory is that secretion of the MIH is a short term means of protection. If poor conditions persist, the MIH builds within the hermit crabs body to a toxic level and the crab reaches a point of no return. The crab will not survive the molting process, even if conditions finally become favorable. This happens frequently to crabs kept on fish gravel in crowded conditions such as often seen in many pet shops, mall kiosks and surf shops.
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What do I need for my pet hermit crabs? Once you have decided that you want to have hermit crabs as pets, you want to make sure you have everything they need before bringing them home. Below is a care sheet listing all the items needed to create a perfect home and everything required to keep your pets happy, healthy, and well fed.The very first thing your new pets will need is a 'crabitat.' Acrabitatis where your hermit crabs will spend most of their time, so choose ahomethat is clean and roomy. A 10-gallon glass aquarium can be purchased ata reasonable price and makes an ideal 'starter home' for your crabs. Ifyou are unable to purchase an aquarium, there are other optionsavailable, such as plastic critter carriers. Keep in mind how manycrabs you ultimately plan on housing and how you would like their hometo look. It will help you make up your mind when the time comes todecide on the size of your crabitat. Make sure the cage will hold yourpets, their food and water dishes, extra shells and climbing toys. Youwant a cage large enough to hold all these things and still have spacefor the crabs to roam if they wish. This means that the smallplastic box that you got from a mall kiosk or boardwalk store is not anadequate shelter for any hermit crab. One way to give the crabsroom to wander is to leave an area at the back or front of the crabitatthat is completely clear of obstructions. This way the crab has an"express lane" to run down if s/he needs to get some energy out anddoesn't want to climb. While a plastic critter carrier makes a passabletemporary home or'hospital cage,' it is not recommended as a permanent home.A couple weeks later, against my better judgment, we were at the pet store, with its gamey scent of cedar chips and urine, and the noisy, ceaseless bird calls. The crabs were tucked away in a hard-to-find spot; to get there, we had to pass the bunnies, parakeets, and mice, a gauntlet of cute. At each squeal of joy, I was forced to remind the girls that I had agreed to hermit crabs and hermit crabs alone. Once we found them, there was good news and bad news. The good news: hermit crabs are remarkably inexpensive. The bad news: the gear that goes with them is surprisingly pricey.HAND FEEDING Most of my customers that have met me at the flea market are familiar with my love of hand feeding treats to my large crabs. I started this practice years ago using the long stem of a Bic pen top as a spoon. Now at The Hermit Crab Patch we're known for our Jumbo Feeder Spoons that we sell so that customers can carry on the practice. Food is an excellent motivating tool and the way to most anyone's heart is through his stomach, right? Yes, even a hermit crab's! People initially think it's a little strange to see me hand feeding a jumbo hermit crab tropical fruit baby food with a special spoon... However, the crabs truly respond in a way that can't be denied. In a matter of a couple of "feedings" I can take a crab that rarely comes out of its shell and turn it into a crab that will allow me to pet its tail. Hermit crabs catch on to hand feeding very quickly. They learn to associate handling with the reward of food and an amazing amount of trust is the end result. I highly encourage my customers to try hand feeding. It's a great way to bond with your hermit crab!