I remember when I first discovered hermit crabs – fascinating, quirky creatures. These small crustaceans, unlike their other relatives, use discarded shells to protect their delicate abdomens.
- Hermit crabs are decapods: They possess 10 limbs, 5 pairs, enabling them to scuttle about.
- Exoskeleton molting: They molt as they grow, shedding their exoskeletons.
- Social beings: Contrary to their name, hermit crabs are quite gregarious and thrive in groups.
Life in Captivity
I once had hermit crabs as pets, which taught me a lot about their requirements:
- Habitat: A spacious terrarium with a mix of sand and coconut fiber substrate.
- Temperature: Maintain a temperature between 72-80°F and humidity between 70-80%.
- Shells: Provide a variety of empty shells for them to choose from.
|Proteins||Freeze-dried shrimp, fish|
|Fruits||Apples, berries, mangoes|
|Vegetables||Leafy greens, carrots, broccoli|
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