One of the most popular pets in demand, and for good reasons, is the Hermit Crab. Though the name “Hermit Crab” is applied to almost every Hermit Crab sold in pet stores, in reality there are actually various species of Hermit Crab. The most commonly found Hermit Crab is the purple pincher/claw Hermit Crab. The reasons why they’re the most popular is due to their social natures (thus you can have more then one) and the fact they’re semi-aquatic. Which means they are quite easy to maintain and keep happy.
Quite hardy and adaptable, these social little crabs are a semi-aquatic animal that requires both land and a water domain. There are specially designed trays for Hermit Crabs (amongst other pets) for this very purpose of getting in and out of water; these items coming in a variety of colors, shapes and forms.
Purple Pincher Hermit Crabs are rather distinct in appearance, as they have one large huge purple claw. This claw is primarily used to aid in eating. This claw is also common for defending and some for mating display. Due to their exoskeleton it’s very important to have a variety of shells of various sizes in their enclosure as they moult on a regular basis. This means in order for them to get bigger they need to push out their old skeleton.
Though not always active, these little guys become alive when they are placed upon the palms of your hand or in water.
Because these are land crabs, as well as semi-aquatic, it’s important to have a high humidity level as this will supply good amounts of oxygen. Thus their humidity level should be about 70% and their temperature reaching 70F-80F.
Due to their social natures, it’s very important that they have at least one other grab to be with. They should have access to salt water (there are conditioners specifically for this purpose) and they should have sand as substrate. They should also have access to fresh water, as this is used for hydration. All water should be treated before hand.
These clownish crabs should also have various things to climb on, as well is to hide under or in. Hermit Crabs are expected to live over 3 years. Don’t be afraid if you hear weird sounds from your Hermit Crabs, this is a normal and natural behaviour that they do. Regardless of sex, Hermit Crabs have a relatively same disposition; however it has been our experience that each Hermit Crab has its own unique and distinct personality.
As stated above Hermit Crabs moult, as such it’s important to have a variety of shells in their enclosures. This is also partially to their finicky and picky natures.
Food comes in a variety of forms, the most common (and appropriate) is a pellet base diet that has been specifically geared and targeted for Hermit Crabs.
All in all, Hermit Crabs are robust, clownish and personable little guys. They are hardy and easy to take care of, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Many people like to decorate the shells, and due to their social natures they are perfect for any household.