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Hermit Crab

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  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Tank Setup: Gravel, calci-sand, or coconut bark bedding w/hide huts
  • Diet: Hermit Crab Food, Fresh Vegetables
  • Maximum size: 6"
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Land hermit crabs are fun, fascinating little creatures that make great pets for your home or classroom. They are easy and economical to care for and their crabby antics like climbing, digging, molting and shell switching are as entertaining as they are educational.

Despite the fact that they are indeed crabs, hermit crabs are actually quite docile and can be handled by their Pet Parents. They are anything but hermits and enjoy the company of other "hermies." And they love toys! Hermit crabs love to climb on just about anything and decorating your new friend's "crabitat" will makefor a fun family or class project.

Non-aggressive
These docile pets will allow themselves to be handled. They will not pinch unless they feel threatened. Hermit crabs are social and can be kept in groups.

Molters
This means they need to shed their outer skin in order to grow.

Never drop
A hermit crab's abdomen is very soft. Dropping them onto a hard surface will cause severe injuries or death.

Protection
After molting, crabs are extremely vulnerable because their bodies are soft and pliable. Isolate them from other crabs during this time.

Staple diet
Some crabs' claws are not big enough to grab on to pellet-type food. Therefore, you should feed them one teaspoon of prepared food in powdered form. If pellets are the only available option, crush them into powder.

Water containers
The right drinking water container is very important to the health of your crab. Since land hermit crabs are extremely sensitive to metal, be sure yours is a non-metallic, non-porous container. Also, be sure your container is not too deep as they like to drag themselves into the water dish and just sit. If you have both large and small crabs, place a natural sea sponge in the middle of the dish so there is something for the smaller crabs to grab on to should they stumble in and be unable to get out.

Aquarium
A good rule of thumb is one gallon of habitat space for every two crabs. Be sure there is enough room in their habitat for them to move around without constantly stepping on each other.

Décor
Provide the crabs with a hiding shelter to sleep in during the day.

Shells
Provide at least two larger extra shells of varying sizes for your crab. Do not be alarmed if your crab changes its shell as often as every two days.

 

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Hermit Crab
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<!--begin-bvseo-reviews--> <!--begin-reviews--> <div id="bvseo-reviewsSection"> <div class="bvseo-review" itemprop="review" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Review" data-reviewid="17116469"> <meta itemprop="itemReviewed" content="Hermit Crab" /> <span itemprop="reviewRating" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Rating"> Rated <span itemprop="ratingValue">5</span> out of <span itemprop="bestRating">5</span> </span> by <span itemprop="author">Nicole99</span> from <span itemprop="name">Crazy Little Critters!!!</span> <span itemprop="description">I own five little Hermit Crabs ranging from the size of a quarter, to the size of a golfball. All five of them are VERY sweet and NEVER pinch, even when my 7 year old neighbor comes over to play with them! They are very easy to care for and so much fun to watch at night! I have had all five of my hermit crabs for a while and none of them have been sick. I would STRONGLY recommend this product!</span> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2010-12-17</div> <meta itemprop="datePublished" content="2010-12-17" /> </div> <div class="bvseo-review" itemprop="review" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Review" data-reviewid="12938446"> <meta itemprop="itemReviewed" content="Hermit Crab" /> <span itemprop="reviewRating" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Rating"> Rated <span itemprop="ratingValue">5</span> out of <span itemprop="bestRating">5</span> </span> by <span itemprop="author">animalsallthetime</span> from <span itemprop="name">The most coolest pet in the world.</span> <span itemprop="description">Hermit Crabs were my second pet and are today. I have 4 right now. They are all living the one I have has been alive for 2 years and is pretty old but he is still very active. The three more I have are little and very cute. Their shells are painted but I just like them because of their personality. Like they are all active, but two of them like to dig and the other two like to climb. Usually you can not tell their personality until thye go into it's new cage. I had hermit crabs since I was 4 years old and had great experiance. I would defidently reccomend them to a friend.</span> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2010-08-08</div> <meta itemprop="datePublished" content="2010-08-08" /> </div> <div class="bvseo-review" itemprop="review" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Review" data-reviewid="43509660"> <meta itemprop="itemReviewed" content="Hermit Crab" /> <span itemprop="reviewRating" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Rating"> Rated <span itemprop="ratingValue">5</span> out of <span itemprop="bestRating">5</span> </span> by <span itemprop="author">PetReviewer</span> from <span itemprop="name">Hermit Crabs Make Great Pets!</span> <span itemprop="description">I have two hermit crabs that I got at one of those beach shops a while ago. I don't like the wire cages that the crabs are kept in, nor are the tiny tanks that beach shops sell big enough, but this shop happened to have a very large, very nice solid tank for a good price, so I couldn't resist! The shop was also going out of business so I knew that the crabs wouldn't be restocked. Many people will argue that hermit crabs are difficult to care for, but in truth they are not. Once you have set up a good habitat, all you have to do is maintain it. Inexspensive tank: I keep my crabs in a large plastic aquarium with some plastic wrap loosely draped over the lid to help hold in moisture. (Crabs have stiffened gills and breathe air, but without moisture in the air they will slowly suffocate.) It helps to mist them daily with distilled or &quot;fish-safe&quot; water. Food and water: Crabs don't eat much, but always keep a little bit of commercial hermit crab food available all the time. They like fresh fruits and veggies! Water is a must. Keep two dishes: one with fresh water and one with salt water (use aquarium salt, never table salt). Both dishes must be dechlorinated as chlorine will burn your crabs' gills and kill them painfully. If the water is safe for aquarium fish, it is safe for crabs. Susbstrate: Non-colored play sand can be used. Be sure not to get any kind of construction sand! I had gotten conflicting reports on what kind of substrate is safe for crabs, so I bought calci-sand for mine. (Make sure the sand is deep enough for your biggest crab to completely bury itself!) Dishes: There is no need to pay lots of money for stone or plastic hermit crab bowls! I use solid, well-washed plastic lids from food containers. Toys/decor: Hermit crabs are actually tree crabs, and most will prefer to climb rather than hide in a cave. They love to have tree branches in their tanks! You can use branches from trees around your home as long as they are not grown with pesticides or artificial fertilizers. If you can't find safe branches outside, pet stores often carry special pet-safe climbing branches and toys.</span> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2013-06-26</div> <meta itemprop="datePublished" content="2013-06-26" /> </div> <div class="bvseo-review" itemprop="review" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Review" data-reviewid="32057413"> <meta itemprop="itemReviewed" content="Hermit Crab" /> <span itemprop="reviewRating" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Rating"> Rated <span itemprop="ratingValue">5</span> out of <span itemprop="bestRating">5</span> </span> by <span itemprop="author">Bumblecrab</span> from <span itemprop="name">Improper care causes short lives!</span> <span itemprop="description">I adore hermit crabs. If you do your research and provide the proper care, they can live well past 15 years. They are not a temporary pet and, as with other pets, there are certain rules you have to follow. You, absolutely, have to feed them daily. They live in large colonies in the wild which means you should keep mulitiple crabs, single crabs can become stressed and die if they are kept alone. Please do your homework before purchasing these pets so that they are allowed to have a happy, healthy life.</span> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2012-06-07</div> <meta itemprop="datePublished" content="2012-06-07" /> </div> <div class="bvseo-review" itemprop="review" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Review" data-reviewid="10065547"> <meta itemprop="itemReviewed" content="Hermit Crab" /> <span itemprop="reviewRating" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Rating"> Rated <span itemprop="ratingValue">4</span> out of <span itemprop="bestRating">5</span> </span> by <span itemprop="author">hermitcrabgirl</span> from <span itemprop="name">Awesome!</span> <span itemprop="description">3 months ago I bought my crab Sebastion from Petsmart, and he was doing super but seemed lonely. Yesterday, I went back to Petsmart and bought Sebastion a friend... Flounder. Both of my crabs from Petsmart are happy, healthy and love to climb and play around their tank. I see no issues with them, and they seem to be doing well!</span> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2010-03-18</div> <meta itemprop="datePublished" content="2010-03-18" /> </div> <div class="bvseo-review" itemprop="review" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Review" data-reviewid="31922839"> <meta itemprop="itemReviewed" content="Hermit Crab" /> <span itemprop="reviewRating" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Rating"> Rated <span itemprop="ratingValue">5</span> out of <span itemprop="bestRating">5</span> </span> by <span itemprop="author">fancyhedronbabydoll</span> from <span itemprop="name">Excellent</span> <span itemprop="description">I have 3 Purple pincher hermit crabs. They all have beautiful coloring and wonderful personalities. one is very active and friendly the other loves to play in water loves to be held. One however is a lot more shy. People think Hermit crabs arent friendly or dont ever come out. They are very interesting and educational pet to have.</span> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2012-06-02</div> <meta itemprop="datePublished" content="2012-06-02" /> </div> <div class="bvseo-review" itemprop="review" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Review" data-reviewid="29581065"> <meta itemprop="itemReviewed" content="Hermit Crab" /> <span itemprop="reviewRating" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Rating"> Rated <span itemprop="ratingValue">5</span> out of <span itemprop="bestRating">5</span> </span> by <span itemprop="author">Rachel31177</span> from <span itemprop="name">Non-Aggressive</span> <span itemprop="description">Hermit crabs are popular pets, but make sure you don't have just one. They are social, and you must have at least two. Please dont keep your crabs in some dinky little plastic bin. These guys are nocturnal and quite active when awake. Therefore, for two-three a ten gallon is a good starting size. I have had mine since August and never been pinched.</span> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2012-03-12</div> <meta itemprop="datePublished" content="2012-03-12" /> </div> <div class="bvseo-review" itemprop="review" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Review" data-reviewid="16352186"> <meta itemprop="itemReviewed" content="Hermit Crab" /> <span itemprop="reviewRating" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Rating"> Rated <span itemprop="ratingValue">5</span> out of <span itemprop="bestRating">5</span> </span> by <span itemprop="author">TheGardenhead</span> from <span itemprop="name">LOVE them.</span> <span itemprop="description">To be honest, my first hermit crab was impulsive: picked him up at a souvenir shop in Florida on vacation. Ironically enough, they are probably my favorite pet I have owned. Neat to watch, adorable, sweet, and easy and fun to take care of, especially with all of the adorable decorations, and good products out there for them!</span> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2010-11-18</div> <meta itemprop="datePublished" content="2010-11-18" /> </div> </div> <script type="text/javascript"> if (document.getElementById('bvseo-reviewsSection')) { document.getElementById('bvseo-reviewsSection').style.display = 'none'; } </script> <!--end-reviews--> <!--begin-pagination--> <ul id="bvseo-paginationSection"> <li class="bvseo-paginationItem"><a class="bvseo-paginationLink" href="https://www.petsmart.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-PetSmart-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=4031696&bvrrp=Main_Site-en_US/reviews/product/2/15186.htm">Hermit Crab Reviews - page 2</a></li> </ul> <!--end-pagination--> <ul id="BVSEO_meta" style="display:none!important"> <li data-bvseo="bvDateModified">y_2019, m_12, d_11, h_18</li> <li data-bvseo="ps">bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_3.0.3</li> <li data-bvseo="cp">cp_1, bvpage1</li> <li data-bvseo="co">co_hasreviews, tv_9, tr_177</li> <li data-bvseo="cf">loc_en_US, sid_15186, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=HELPFULNESS, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=POSITIVE_FEEDBACK, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]</li> <li data-bvseo="diagnostics">clientName_petsmart</li> </ul> <!--end-bvseo-reviews--> <ul id="BVSEOSDK_meta" style="display: none !important;"> <li data-bvseo="sdk">bvseo_sdk, dw_cartridge, 18.2.0, p_sdk_3.2.0</li> <li data-bvseo="sp_mt">CLOUD, getReviews, 171ms</li> <li data-bvseo="ct_st">reviews, product</li> </ul>
<!--begin-bvseo-questions--> <!--begin-questions--> <div id="bvseo-questionsSection"> <div class="bvseo-question-answer" data-questionid="5103916"> <h2 class="bvseo-question"> how come hermit crabs are 5.69 when you lookthem up online but almost 7 dollarswhen you go in the store? </h2> <div class="bvseo-question-detail"> </div> <div class="bvseo-author">Asked by: da 1524</div> <div class="bvseo-answer" data-answerid="5323065"> Online price is just an average between all petsmarts not just the one in your location <div class="bvseo-author">Answered by: Kayla18</div> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2019-12-08</div> </div> </div> <div class="bvseo-question-answer" data-questionid="5196137"> <h2 class="bvseo-question"> Do they sell them in painted shells? </h2> <div class="bvseo-question-detail"> </div> <div class="bvseo-author">Asked by: Alan664</div> <div class="bvseo-answer" data-answerid="5323045"> Painted shells are not good for hermit crabs!! The paint is toxic to them. Keep them in a normal shell. They are not for decoration.&amp;nbsp; <div class="bvseo-author">Answered by: Kayla18</div> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2019-12-07</div> </div> </div> <div class="bvseo-question-answer" data-questionid="5266610"> <h2 class="bvseo-question"> Do hermit crabs need company? </h2> <div class="bvseo-question-detail"> </div> <div class="bvseo-author">Asked by: starri</div> <div class="bvseo-answer" data-answerid="5310612"> Yes they are social and would prefer to be in the company of other hermits <div class="bvseo-author">Answered by: jvless</div> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2019-12-01</div> </div> </div> <div class="bvseo-question-answer" data-questionid="5027249"> <h2 class="bvseo-question"> Can Hermit crabs go into a community tank. I have two tanks, 1-5gal and 1-10 gal. The 10 gal is empty right now, the 5 has 2 loaches and a betta. What are my best options </h2> <div class="bvseo-question-detail"> </div> <div class="bvseo-author">Asked by: lexidog65</div> <div class="bvseo-answer" data-answerid="5310080"> Hermit crabs do NOT swim. Keep them in a DRY tank. But make sure they have a small pool of water to drink and bathe in. Just not too deep for them. <div class="bvseo-author">Answered by: gigi_cookie</div> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2019-11-30</div> </div> </div> <div class="bvseo-question-answer" data-questionid="4148331"> <h2 class="bvseo-question"> This is my first time getting a hermit crab and there are a few things I want to no before getting them. Does hermit crabs fight with any fish? I have 2 female guppies and some fry and a male guppy, and 2 Dalmation Molly.and my aquarium is 10 gallons. </h2> <div class="bvseo-question-detail"> </div> <div class="bvseo-author">Asked by: FishLover98</div> <div class="bvseo-answer" data-answerid="5291770"> DONT put them in water they are land crabs and will drown! <div class="bvseo-author">Answered by: Luna009</div> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2019-11-18</div> </div> </div> <div class="bvseo-question-answer" data-questionid="4689651"> <h2 class="bvseo-question"> what species of hermit crab are they? </h2> <div class="bvseo-question-detail"> </div> <div class="bvseo-author">Asked by: purple1</div> <div class="bvseo-answer" data-answerid="5211425"> They are most likely purple pincher hermit crabs, aka caribbean hermit crabs <div class="bvseo-author">Answered by: Maetlica</div> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2019-09-18</div> </div> </div> <div class="bvseo-question-answer" data-questionid="4351656"> <h2 class="bvseo-question"> What is the sea sponge for? And do they need a friend or can it live alone? </h2> <div class="bvseo-question-detail"> </div> <div class="bvseo-author">Asked by: Breana</div> <div class="bvseo-answer" data-answerid="5173561"> Yes they need a sea sponge for water you can also just use a dish for water but make sure it&amp;rsquo;s not to much water because they like to sit in the water and could potentially drown. And they do not need a buddy but it is better for them to be in groups.&amp;nbsp; <div class="bvseo-author">Answered by: Gabby69402</div> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2019-08-25</div> </div> </div> <div class="bvseo-question-answer" data-questionid="4857218"> <h2 class="bvseo-question"> Can a hermit Crab live in water? Do they need a extra shell for when they get bigger? </h2> <div class="bvseo-question-detail"> </div> <div class="bvseo-author">Asked by: Devin Connelly</div> <div class="bvseo-answer" data-answerid="5173557"> Hermit crabs don&amp;rsquo;t live in water. They are land animals, and yes they do need at least two larger shells in their habitat.&amp;nbsp; <div class="bvseo-author">Answered by: Gabby69402</div> <div class="bvseo-pubdate">Date published: 2019-08-25</div> </div> </div> </div> <script type="text/javascript"> if (document.getElementById('bvseo-questionsSection')) { document.getElementById('bvseo-questionsSection').style.display = 'none'; } </script> <!--end-questions--> <!--begin-pagination--> <ul id="bvseo-paginationSection"> <li class="bvseo-paginationItem"><a class="bvseo-paginationLink" href="https://www.petsmart.com/fish/live-fish/goldfish-betta-and-more/hermit-crab-4031696.html?dwvar_4031696_size=One%20Size&bvrrp=Main_Site-en_US/questions/product/2/15186.htm">Hermit Crab Questions - page 2</a></li> </ul> <!--end-pagination--> <ul id="BVSEO_meta" style="display:none!important"> <li data-bvseo="bvDateModified">y_2019, m_12, d_11, h_18CST</li> <li data-bvseo="ps">bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_3.0.3</li> <li data-bvseo="cp">cp_1, bvpage1</li> <li data-bvseo="co">co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_66</li> <li data-bvseo="cf">loc_en_US, sid_15186, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=LAST_APPROVED_ANSWER_SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]</li> <li data-bvseo="diagnostics">clientName_petsmart</li> </ul> <!--end-bvseo-questions--> <ul id="BVSEOSDK_meta" style="display: none !important;"> <li data-bvseo="sdk">bvseo_sdk, dw_cartridge, 18.2.0, p_sdk_3.2.0</li> <li data-bvseo="sp_mt">CLOUD, getContent, 80ms</li> <li data-bvseo="ct_st">questions, product</li> </ul>