Our land hermit crabs are one of the most popular pets for children. These crabs in their native environment live inland from the water. They chew and eat bark, fruits and vegetation. In captivity, it is recommended that they be fed a good commercial food and treats. We carry the top brands of FMR and Zoo Med pellets and treats. Their food and water can be put in sea shells which will help them obtain calcium. Water quality is a must, and among our various supplies, we have conditioner and salt to achieve this. You should keep a small sponge in their water dish to provide safety and prevent possible drowning. You may also bathe your hermit crabs in a shallow container with room temperature water for 1 minute and then allow them to air dry.
Crabs should be housed in an aquarium with a screen lid. Try to maintain a temperature of 70-75 degrees with using under tank heating pads, which we carry. They also need a humid environment. Since they like to burrow, we suggest marine sand or fine gravel as their substrate. Because hermit crabs like to switch shells, make sure to provide a wide variety of shells. Our crabs come in different colored and painted shells, and we have extra shells in all sizes and colors available.
Crabs are a community type pet, and thrive on company. When they co-exit in pairs or in a crab community, they are the most active and entertaining. Chaya wood, grapevines, and coral provide extra room for crabs to climb and encourage activity. Hermit crabs can be handled and are not aggressive creatures, like the sea crabs. Try to avoid the large purple pincher claw when holding. If the crab does happen to pinch the skin, place the spot where the pincher is attached to the skin under very warm water. The pincher should release immediately.
They respond to being held gently and learn to trust their owner, like most other pets. It is also good to know that hermit crabs do not carry nor transmit any known diseases to humans. They are great as pet for those with allergies because they are hypo-allergenic. When properly cared for, land hermit crabs can live up to 30 years. They usually do not reproduce in captivity. Their eggs need to be fertilized by salt water. They grow by shedding their outer exoskeleton. They are very fragile, inactive, and vulnerable in this stage, so it is a good idea to isolate the crab for a few days.
Never try to remove a crab from its shell because rather than give up its protective home, it will allow itself to be torn apart. Sometimes, if you see parts of their claws loose in the cage, it is from another crab trying to get the crab out of its shell. They are not fighting, just trying to get in another shell they desire. We only purchase our land crabs from reputable wholesalers, and therefore very healthy.