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:


A hermit crabs shell is it's most prized possession! From the moment of birth, hermit crabs set out to find a suitable snug-fitting shell that offers them protection against predators and other danger, and serves as a water reservoir to keep them well-hydrated.


As your pet hermit crabs molt and grow bigger, they will begin to look for a new shell to live in. However, not all shells will fit right to a hermit crab and because of this, they can be very picky as to what shell they choose to settle down in.


This is why it is important to offer your hermit crabs several different shells to choose from when they are finished molting. Keep in mind that although some shells may look big enough or snug enough, it is up to the hermit crab to make the final decision!


When choosing a new shell to live in, hermit crabs will usually settle with something that meets the following criteria...

In the wild, hermit crabs have the entire ocean to look for a suitable new shell to live in. Often, land hermit crabs will actually go into sea, and "steal" shells from their ocean hermit crab relatives! Because hermit crabs don't exactly have this luxury in captivity, it is up to you to supply them with several decent sized shells to choose from.


But before your hermit crabs can start shopping for a new shell, you'll have to do a little shopping or finding of your own. If you choose to use shells that you find on the beach, be sure to set them in boiling water for about ten to fifteen minutes to kill any bacteria.


If however, you choose to shop for your hermit crab shells, I recommend you check out ebay and do a search for "hermit crab shells". You'll always find a a wide variety of shells to choose from here.