Hermit Crab Articles

An Introduction to Hermit Crabs

Building a Great Crabitat

Choosing a Substrate for my Land Hermit Crabs

Creating a Great Home for your Hermit Crab

Feeding your Land Hermit Crab

Food and Water for Your Hermit Crab

Hermit Crab Cages

Hermit Crab Food

Hermit Crab Mating - Does Hermit Crab Breeding Occur in Captivity?

Hermit Crab Molting

Hermit Crab Molting - Understanding the Molting Process

Hermit Crab Shells

How many species of land hermit crabs are kept as pets?

Interesting Hermit Crab Facts

Land Hermit Crab Molting

Recommended Diet for a Pet Land Hermit Crab

Selecting your Land Hermit Crab

The Basics of Hermit Crab Behavior

The Daily Care of Hermit Crabs

The Importance of Hermit Crab Shells

The Importance of Temperature for Hermit Crabs

The Ugly Truth About Pretty Shells

Tips for Handling Your Hermit Crab

Water is the Most Important Hermit Crab Need

What Kind of Water Should My Hermit Crab Drink?



Hermit crabs have personalities just like we do.  Some will be shy and pull back into their shells if you approach them and others will be more active and bold.  They will also vary in their food preferences.  If you remove your Hermit crab from his home be sure to keep an eye on him, because they are very quick and very good escape artists.  I lost one of my crabs for 2 days till i finally found him crawling around in my family room.  Be careful also leaving him on a table or something high that he may fall off.  Hermit crabs have been known to walk right off the edge of something. 


An Assertive Hermit Crab

The word "Hermit" is very wrong in their name.  They are very social animals, so it is best to keep them in groups of 3 or more.(size of cage permitting)  Eventually, most crabs will become tame and will retract into their shells less when they are approached.  Hermit crabs also are not aggressive but are known to grab you with their pinchers not out of aggression though but in fear of falling.