Looking After Your Pet Hermit Crab

Date Posted:5 June 2017 

Hermit Crabs are very simple to care for, however there are many do's and don'ts to keeping them. Hermit Crabs are Hermit Crabs make great pets because they do not carry any known disease and are hypoallergenic, which make Hermit Crabs a perfect pet for those with allergies. Land Hermit Crabs are very low maintenance and are easy to take care of. Normally they do not require large amounts of space and they are odorless. Hermit Crabs are not solitary animals and it is suggested to have more than one because of their social nature. We help you looking after your pet Hermit Crab.

Hermit Crab Care Do's and Don'ts

Do's for Keeping Hermit Crabs

  1. Always clean the tank regularly to provide your hermit crab a safe and comfortable habitat.
  2. Hermit crabs love to climb around, play and hide. So it's nice to set up toys, climbing ornaments and shelters to keep them happy.
  3. The sand is a very important part of your Hermit crabs habitat. The depth should allow your crab to hide.
  4. It is best that you put the water dishes in a shallow area so your hermit crabs can easily get in and out.
  5. Moisture is a very important part of a Hermit crabs habitat. The environment should be around 24 - 26 degrees, keep the lid on to retain humidity.
  6. Proivde extra shells in different sizes because Hermit crabs need to change homes as they grow.
  7. Hermit crabs don't like to be alone. The more, the happier. Make sure the aquarium is big enough for them with more extra shells to avoid crabs fighting.

Don'ts of Keeping Hermit Crabs

  1. Do not place your aquarium in direct sun or heat
  2. Do not close the lid air tight. Use a fresh air screen cover for them to be able to breathe.
  3. Do not forget to secure the lid because Hermit crabs are talented escape artists.
  4. Do not force your Hermit crab out from its shell for another shell otherwise you will rupture all vessels of its abdomen and your Hermit crab will die.
  5. Do not disturb your Hermit crab when molting. Leave them alone and give them time to renew.
  6. Never use table salt for saltwater, it could kill them. Only use Hermit Crab Salt.
  7. Do not use tap water as it contains chlorine, copper from pipes and other toxins that may be harmful for your pet. Provide them fresh dechlorinated water.


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