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 Hand

Hold your crabs often. The more you do it, the more comfortable you will become with your crustacean pets. They will also get used to it as well. You will learn how they move and what positions they like and don’t like.


Expect to get pinched. Your crabs are crabs and do have pinchers. It is their natural reaction to pinch if you touch their claw or if you are holding them in a way that does not make them feel secure.


When pinched, run them under lukewarm water. If your hermit crabs pinch you, run them under lukewarm water to force them to release their claw.


Wear Gloves. If you are afraid of getting pinched and want to hold your crabs, wear thick winter gloves or gardening gloves. Then, the crabs can pinch the gloves and not your skin. The gloves can serve a tool to help you understand when your crabs pinch and how to hold them without getting pinched. Eventually, the gloves can come off and you can enjoy your crabs with your bare hands.


Hand feed them. A large number of seasoned crab owners recommend conditioning your crabs by teaching them that being picked up means getting something sweet to eat, such as a pureed fruit. By doing this again and again, you can build a relationship of trust and expectation with them and it should reduce or eliminate the pinching.