Hermit Crabs Care Sheet
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Congratulations, you are about to learn all about Hermit Crabs. They are active and entertaining pets that are relatively low maintenance. Hermit crabs can live for a year or more in the Habitat.
You will need to Provide
A Hermit Crab’s Life
Hermit Crabs are not actually ‘hermits’. They are very social creatures and like company. That’s why we sell them only as a pair – we don’t want a sad lonely Crab!
Setting Up The Habitat
Caring for Your Hermit Crabs
Water: Water is of ultimate importance to a Hermit Crab. Hermit Crabs have gills like fish. They breathe by taking oxygen out of water. They store water inside their shell. To provide water, first fill a container with tap water. A ½ gallon soda bottle works well, or any other container that is easy to store. Use the Water Treatment solution per the instructions on the bottle to remove any chemicals that may be harmful to the Crabs. Let this water sit out for 2 hours until it becomes room temperature. Then, soak the sponge with the water and set it in the larger clamshell with a bit of water in the bottom of the clamshell. Be sure to keep water in the Habitat at all times because the water and humidity is very important to the health of the Crabs. More water conditioner is available at pet stores; you can use any water conditioner used to prepare water for fish.
Humidity: Crabs like high humidity. Use the mister to give the crabs a misting every day with the treated water. This increases the humidity in the Habitat. They enjoy the misting and it will frequently make them very active right afterwards.
Cleaning the Habitat: All creatures including Crabs need a clean environment. Make sure to clean the food and water clamshells at least weekly. Sift through the sand and remove any solid waste.
Give Your Crabs a Bath: Your Crabs love to have a bath. The first day your Crabs arrive they have had a long trip and may be dehydrated and would enjoy a bath. We suggest every 3 to 7 days to give them a bath for around an hour. Fill a small bowl with ¼ inch of the treated room temperature water. Place your Crabs in the bowl. This water should not be any higher than ¼ of the way up a Crab’s shell. After a few minutes, the Crabs will usually start to be very active and play in the water. They use this time to replace the water they store in their shell with fresh water and remove any waste they have been storing.
Exercise: Crabs love to climb – the Choya wood log is great exercise for them. Exercise is important to make sure they stay healthy. You can also add some rocks to the Habitat for more exercise if you’d like, but be careful that they are placed so a rock cannot fall on them if they are climbing on it.
Handling Hermit Crabs
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