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?



Hermit Crab in Gravel

1)  Avoid land hermit crabs that are sluggish and partially or completely out of their shells and are loose when you pick them up. 
2)  Select Hermit crabs that are heavy when picked up.
3)  If there are any dead Hermit crabs in their enclosure do not buy any from that enclosure.
4)  Hermit crabs missing limbs or ends of limbs.(unless you plan on rescuing and taking him home so that he can regenerate his lost limbs)
5)  Pick land hermit crabs that are active and vigorous.
6)  Inspect for mites.
7)  The size of your Hermit crab because large Hermit crabs require at least a 20-gallon tank.  A 10 gallon can house about 6-7 small Hermit crabs.

8) Only purchase a hermit crab from a pet shop that is currently housing the crabs in an appropriate habitat. Never purchase a crab in a cup or any other cruel or inappropriate container.