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?



In order for your Hermit crab to grow it must molt.  Molting is the shedding of the Hermit crabs old exoskeleton.  For a very young Hermit crab molting takes place frequently.  Adult crabs will molt usually around only 2-3 times a year.  Hermit Crab MoltThere are potential warning signs to look for if your Hermit crab is molting but you can never be sure the exact time your crab will molt.  If your Hermit crab is usually active and begins to become lethargic or not eating often that is one sign.  Changes in your Hermit crabs behavior is the best signs of your Hermit crab molting.  If a Hermit crab loses a claw or leg don't worry it will grow back and molting makes that possible.  If your Hermit crab has molted be sure to provided plenty of moisture and leave him alone in peace.  Also, leave the old exoskeleton in the cage he will eat it because it is a good source of calcium. Be sure not to mistake the old exoskeleton for your crab and remove the old one thinking he has died.  In a few days the new esoskeleton will harden and the crab will emerge shiney and new.