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?




While the idea of breeding hermit crabs in captivity may sound like a very enjoyable and rewarding experience it's not a very wise thing to try and do. Here's why...


In the hermit crabs natural environment, after mating, female hermit crabs will rush to the shore to lay many many eggs. During the earlier stages of a young hermit crabs life, it can be extremely difficult to provide the proper care for them.


Because this is true, hermit crab enthusiasts generally don't attempt to breed their pets, unless of course they are actually managing a wild population of hermit crabs where the females have lots of room to mate and lay eggs.


So, while it may be possible to successfully breed hermit crabs in captivity, it's recommended that such an activity be limited to those who know exactly what they're doing, and in an outdoor tropical beach environment where they can be properly managed and cared for.