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?



You can feed your hermit crab commercial hermit crab food from your pet store, but you should also supplement its diet with a variety of other foods. Here are a few guidelines:


You should have fresh, clean water in the cage at all times. Keep the water in a shallow dish that the hermit crabs can enter and leave easily. Avoid using dishes that have are slippery, wobbly, or too deep, and don't use metal dishes. A land hermit crab can drown in its water dish if it cannot climb out. To avoid this problem, you can fill the dish with rocks or a piece of driftwood to help the crab climb out.


Hermit Crab and Shell Water Dish

It's a good idea to use shells as food and water dishes


The best food and water dishes to use are probably seashells. For the water dish, you can use either one very large clam shell or several smaller shells (as a rule of thumb, I have at least one small shell water dish for each crab in the cage). You will not have to worry about the crab drowning in the water, and the shell will also be a good source of calcium to the crabs. Calcium is very important for hermit crabs. Another way you can provide calcium is by giving your crabs pieces of cuttlebone (cuttlebone can be found in pet stores; it is sold for birds).