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hermit crabs as petsHermit Crabs As Pets – An Unusual But Affectionate Pet

Hermit crabs as pets are fun to watch and will keep your family entertained and laughing.  They are social creatures and often travel in packs up to 100 at a time, so please provide your crab with companions.  If you are considering hermit crabs as pets, please consider getting two or three (at least).

A 10-gallon glass aquarium is a great starter home for your hermit crab.  Make sure you have a good substrate on the floor bottom for your crab to sit on and tunnel through.  You can use sand or coconut fiber or better yet a combination of both.  Some items you can purchase in a pet store include Eco-Earth, Bed-A-Beast and Forest Bedding. You’ll find that Hermit Crabs as Pets makes life very interesting…and great fun!

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Hermit Crabs as Pets love to burrow, it is healthy for them to have the security of somewhere to sleep, feel warm and hide when they feel the need.  Don’t Forget to Give Your Hermit Crabs Something to Burrow In. And there are several burrowing substances available. Here are a few from PetSmart

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Hermit Crabs Enjoy Climbing and Burrowing and Running – They Are a Joy to Watch – And Don’t Forget The Shells as they Grow

Fungus gnats are common around hermit crabs.  Don’t use pesticides to kill them, though, because they can kill your crabs!  Some people mix Forest bed with Salt water, but there are other options, too.  Ask your local pet shop or do your research online for more suggestions.

You’ll want to make sure the crab’s home is large enough to hold extra shells, climbing toys, water dishes and a food dish.  They will also need a clear area for running and/or tunneling.

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Hermit Crabs As Pets Can Not Tolerate Chlorine – Be Sure to Treat Your Water

Make sure you use water without chlorine for your hermit crab’s drinking water.  You can purchase a tap water conditioner or general de-chlorinator from your local pet store.  This is the best thing to do because even bottled water might not be properly filtered to have all chlorine removed from it.

Make sure you keep your food and water dishes washed and clean.  You don’t want them to breed bacteria.  And make sure your smaller crabs have rocks to climb on in a deep water dish, otherwise they will drown.

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Hermit Crabs  as Pets Need a Constant Temperature, Adequate Bathing and Swimming Water and Adequate Humidity

You need to keep your Hermit Crabs as Pets home at a minimum of 75 degrees F!  If they consistently get too cold they will die.  But they can also die if they get too hot, so make sure their home is not in direct sunlight.  Your aquarium needs a heater, but can be turned off for a short time if crabs are too hot.  Just make sure they don’t get too cold after you turn the heater off.  Their habitat should feel like a tropical paradise.  It should be warm, moist and humid.

Crabs need to be able to swim or bathe in water, so you need to provide them with bowls large enough to do so (both fresh and salt water that contains no chlorine).  Make sure they can swish the water into their shells, but as I mentioned above, they need rocks in the bowls in one area so they can easily climb out and not drown.  This is especially the case with smaller crabs.

Keep your crab’s cage clean by scooping feces out of the substrate, and changing it entirely once a month or so.

 

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Ask your pet store for ways to keep humidity in the habitat.  One way to add humidity might be by wetting a sponge with hot water and sitting it in the cage until it dries out.  Switch sponges out regularly though, because you don’t want to expose your crab to mold!

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Hermit crabs as pets may seem unusual to some people but they are really popular and fun pets. Very affectionate and funny to watch. They are quite entertaining. But they are not for everyone, you actually make a commitment to these animals. They require special care so do your homework. Come learn about hermit crabs and their care and see if they are for you.
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9 thoughts on “Hermit Crabs As Pets – An Unusual But Affectionate And Entertaining Pet

  1. Joan Adams

    Oh what fun! Our granddaughter will appreciate this timely information about hermit crabs. I know she would love to bring some home from the beach this year.

  2. Dianne

    Hermit crabs take more work than I would have though but they sure do look interesting. I wish I’d gotten the kids some hermit crabs when they were small.

    1. Susan Post author

      They are very entertaining and surprisingly social. They do make nice pets for someone willing to care for them properly.

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