Hermit Crabs - Page 3 of 4

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.

Interesting Facts

  1. Hermit crabs are decapods: They possess 10 limbs, 5 pairs, enabling them to scuttle about.
  2. Exoskeleton molting: They molt as they grow, shedding their exoskeletons.
  3. 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.
Food Type Examples
Proteins Freeze-dried shrimp, fish
Fruits Apples, berries, mangoes
Vegetables Leafy greens, carrots, broccoli

If you want to learn more about hermit crabs, please browse the articles I wrote: