Tagged: Tabitha Miller
August 20, 2016 at 11:17 am #6053
Hello, I am a 6th grade science teacher in Texas. I am a firm believer of living habitats in the classroom for students to interact with and observe. These are not used for experimentation. Due to logistics I have to be very selective of what we introduce. We currently have a thriving aquarium in the classroom.
I am currently researching the possibility of introducing hermit crabs. I have never kept hermit crabs so have been doing some research into their needs. I have access to some used tanks but most of the rest of their set up would be out of pocket for me. There are a few items I can get from our living science co-op.
What I need to know from people who know hermit crabs is would a classroom environment be at all suitable for carbs. I have 6 classes that range form 20 to 25 students coming and going in a day. Noise levels fluctuate frequently the classroom temperature also fluctuates but they of course would have a heat source. Students are not allowed to handle the animals but do learn to help in their care and meeting their needs. I would have to be able to transport the animals home with me over long breaks as well so need to know if carbs can tolerate these conditions safely and healthily if they are provided a properly maintained habitat.
August 20, 2016 at 4:52 pm #6056
- This topic was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by Tabitha Miller.
I have seen people have crabs as class pets. For a beginner crabitat it would be around $200. The crabs wouldn’t be the most interesting, for their molting makes them dig under the substrate. You would experience a crab digging down for a few months. Unless you have quite a few crabs, you won’t get too much activity. Since you will have loud and routy 6th graders (that was me in 6th grade 😊) the crabs might be effected by the noise. I would look into all your options and weigh them out. Crabs could be a cool pet, although they are hobby animals 🙂August 20, 2016 at 5:11 pm #6057
Tabitha welcome! We have a member named Angela who helped a school set up their crabitat last year. When she gets off work she is going to jump on here and respond. The short answer is YES! She will be able to share her experience with you.August 23, 2016 at 10:39 pm #6065
Hey there. I have set up a Habitat in a classroom, and in no way spent $200 like Max has stated. I can help you out with info and how we did ours if you would likeAugust 25, 2016 at 10:47 pm #6066
Thanks I have a few older tanks in the lab that we can use I will have to see what kind of hods/lids they have. I have a small 5 gallon that I used as plant terrarium last year but form what I am reading I need to stay with a 10 gallon or larger. I was wondering about a care plan during school breaks. I don’t want to go any larger than 10 gallon if I need to transport the entire habitat home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, spring breaks.October 21, 2016 at 10:34 am #6288
If you have a 20g tank and all the minimum requirements for crabs, your tank can get quite expensive. As you can see from the file attached, hermit crabs have require a little bank to setup and their needs should not be neglected for the sake of saving money. You could skimp out on some of the stuff I listed and build the most barebones tank for around $150 – $175, but you don’t want your tank to look like poop.
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