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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hermit Crabs Pictures

hermit crab with painted shell

big hermit crab

blue legged hermit

hermit without shell

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hermit Crabs Shells

Hermit crabs are not born with shells.  However, over their lifetime they will have many shells to protect them from predators. Hermit crabs shed and their exoskeleton and require a new and bigger shell. In nature these crabs can select shells that come in a wide variety of shapes, and sizes.

Natural Shells

Monday, April 4, 2011

The blue-legged hermit crab does not grow very large. They are easily spotted with their bright blue legs. They are great scavengers and help keep tank algae under control.  On occassion they have been known to kill and eat snails.  
Blue-Legged Hermit Crab
 


Temp range of the tank should be between 75-84 degrees F.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hermit Crab Habitat

It is important to mirror a natural environment for your hermit crab pet. Providing a cage they can climb is best, they love to climb! Bear in mind that they are found on the beach, a typical floor covering for their home should be sand. In keeping with their behavioral characteristics the crabs enjoy digging and burying themselves. In nature hermit crabs live in a tropical climate so unless you live in a warm place year round it is important to provide a heater. A certain amount of humidity in the air is crucial to the health of your pet. Some ways to maximize the humidity in your terrarium are by adding a natural sea sponge that is soaked with water, misting your hermit crabs with a spray bottle and finally adding a small water dish.