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?



The importance of water can not be stressed more.  Hermit crabs can live longer without food than they can without water.  If no water is in their home they will die.  Dehydration is probably the main cause of death for Hermit crabs. Hermit Crab Water Dish Hermit crabs have gills and they must be moist at all times.  So a water dish, pool or a sponge must be available to your Hermit crabs at all times.  Dunking and misting are effective ways of insuring that moisture is being provided.  Your Hermit crabs should be dunked 2 or 3 times a week.  This can be accomplished by filling a water container or bowl with several inches of luke warm water in the sink for only 1 or 2 minutes.  Dunking allows water to pass through the shell moistening the gills.  Hermit crabs can also be misted with distilled water from a mist bottle on a daily basis of about 3 times a day.(Note: never use chlorinated water)