So you want to buy a hermit crab?

Written by Stacy Griffith and originally published on All Things Hermit crabsNow that you’ve decided that a hermit crab is the pet for you, it’s time to make sure…


Hermit Crab Essentials Shopping Checklist

Originally written by Vanessa Pike-Russell Hermit crabs are advertised as cheap and easy to maintain, which is not necessarily true. To keep your hermit crabs happy and healthy, you will…


FAQ Locating an Escaped Hermit Crab

Written by Marie Davis Ebbie the compressus climbed the thermometer On occasions one may find that when they do an antenna count they seem to be missing a hermit crab?…



Surface Molts

Hermit crabs typically go about their molting business below ground away from your prying eyes and nosey tank mates but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes you will find yourself with a surface molter on your hands. This can be very cool for you but additionally stressful for the crab. Let’s look at the best way to handle a surface molter. First do not touch or move the crab! (unless you feel you must to ensure it’s safety) Second find a way to securely isolate the crab. It is extremely important that your tank temperature and humidity are in the proper ranges at this time. Do not mist a soft hermit crab, there is danger of causing an infection by over wetting the soft exo. Do not remove the shed exoskeleton (skin), your molter is going to eat that and it’s important that he does! Do not place your molter in total darkness. Normal light cycles are needed! In place isolation of a surface molter can be accomplished by cutting the bottom off of a 2L plastic bottle and then placing it over the molter and pushing it down (gently!) into the substrate, all the way to the bottom of…

Unsuitable shells for hermit crabs

Despite these hermit crabs being forced into these shells, they are NOT acceptable. These are not only covered in clear varnish but I've never seen a hermit crab voluntarily wear this type of shell.

There are a lot of shells being sold as hermit crab shells which are, in reality, not suitable at all. The obvious painted shells should be avoided at all costs but here are some other shells, painted or not, that you should not buy for your hermit crabs. Our video on choosing the right shells Suitable shells for hermit crabs How do I choose suitable shells for my hermit crab Angaria delphinus – these shells are too narrow and the spiral is wrong. These hermit crabs I found at Earthbound Trading have definitely been forced into these shells and were likely trapped. There were too many of them for me to buy them all in hopes of saving them.