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?



This video shows the treatment that hermit crabs go through to be sold in stores in colorful painted shells. Hopefully this video will make people think twice about purchasing painted shells for their hermit crabs.


Not only do they suffer cruelty as evidenced in this video, the painted shells are very dangerous to their health. They can be killed by eating paint that has chipped off the shells or the paint can permeate through the shell wall and permanently "glue" the crab to the inside of the shell. The crab will die because it cannot leave the shell to molt.


I know it can be tempting to "rescue" a hermit crab from a painted shell by buying them at the store. In reality, the only thing you are accomplishing is creating more incentive for people to continue this practice to make money. Only buy hermit crabs in natural shells!