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?



Much like reptiles and other arthropods, hermit crabs will shed their exoskeleton or "skin" every so often as they grow and develop throughout their lives. The molting process of hermit crabs takes place as follows:


By taking the time to understand the hermit crab molting process you will be much more successful in keeping your hermies happy, safe and alive. Sadly, in many cases, premature hermit crab deaths could have often been prevented, if only the pet owner had a little bit more understanding. For example...

  1. Molting hermit crabs need to be left alone! Unfortunately, owners will often see their pet hermies become very inactive and docile, and begin to handle them more frequently. Because hermies are very fragile during this time, they can get stressed very easily.
  2. It's very important that hermies do not dry out during a molt, as they need a good supply of water to absorb into their systems and help them grow.
  3. Be sure to remove your hermit crab from the aquarium after it has shed it's exoskeleton. During this time, they are not as strong as their new exoskeleton is not fully developed. Also, they don't have a new shell yet, so they are easily preyed upon by the other hermit crabs in the aquarium!
  4. Provide your hermit crabs with a refuge or shelter such as a small cave or hideout where they can go to molt.
  5. Make sure that you do not remove the old exoskeleton or "skin" after your hermit crabs are done shedding. Hermit crabs will eat their old skin as it is loaded with calcium and nutrients, essential for proper growth and development.

As you can certainly see, understanding hermit crab molting is very important.