March 31, 2016

The Truth Behind Hermit Crabs: Part 2

Welcome back to our second part of the series, everyone!

In case you missed yesterday's post, I've been highlighting some of the most common mistakes in keeping hermit crabs, and why they are more complicated than most people think. Today I'm going to be doing a little bit more explaining for you all.

Hermit crabs need a temperature of 70-85 degrees. Most tanks will need a heating pad, unless the room you're keeping your hermit crabs in is already the right temperature. Having a temperature and humidity gauge in your tank is definitely recommended!

Another thing hermit crabs need in their habitat (or "crabitat", as us crabbers like to say) are extra shells. A good rule of thumb is two shells per crab, but you can never have enough shells! Hermit crabs are extremely picky over their shells, and it's important to provide them with shells that are just about their size and a little bit larger than them. It's important to keep purchasing larger shells as your crab grows!

Never ever ever ever ever get painted shells for your crabs! Even if the packaging says the paint is non toxic, still do not get painted shells for your crabs! If you happen to get a hermit crab already in a painted shell, provide it with natural shells after you adopt it and after it changes to a more comfortable, safe shell (it probably will in no time) throw that painted shell in the trash! Some painted shells are painted on the inside, have sticking on the inside, or are just plain uncomfortable.

Like I explained, it's important that we don't abuse hermit crabs by not taking care of them well. We need to make their homes as much like their natural habitat as we can. Painted shells are far from natural, and they slowly kill hermit crabs!

I may or may not make a part three tomorrow...I'll have to gather the rest of my information and see what I can do.

14 comments:

  1. Hello, Darling! We crabby girls are all agog over your two informational posts. We heartily agree and are pleased you are sharing about our lives. Definitely avoid those painted shells. Sometimes we just can't help ourselves and pinch a little paint and that can be deadly. You are oh, so right. We also should avoid anything metal...like metal cages or toys. Yuck. POL Thanks so much for the fabulous peek into our world!! You do such stellar and wonderful posts for all of us to enjoy.
    Ciao and Little Pinches,
    Beachnut and Shelldon

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    1. Thank you for the support, Beachnut, Shelldon, and Sarge! The encouragement of my readers is what keeps me going.

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  2. Wow! Thanks for all the advise!

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    1. No problem! I love talking about my beloved animals, and how we can make a difference in this world!

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  3. Ha roo, Robin! Thanks for stopping by the Ao4 Digest! It's great to meet up with you here!
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher
    PS: Just to clarify, I'm Polargold's Margaret Thatcher, not the British one. :)

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    1. Hi, Margaret Thatcher! Whoa, for a minute I thought you were the British one! Well, I love your blog and I always have, and I never really got around to commenting! We hope to see more of you here on Paw Province!

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  4. Those hermit crabs wouldn't like it at our house. We like to keep it cooler than they prefer. What a great post!

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  5. ANOTHER Fabulous Post... BRAVO on a Job Well Done. You have covered so many IMPORTANT issues. If folks would follow all of your advice they would have...

    HAPPY CRABBIES... Sorry... we just HAD to say that. Butt it IS true.

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    1. Yes, it is true. Thanks for stopping by, Frankie and Ernie!

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  6. We commented by it said it timed out! Anyway, thanks for stopping by our blog AND leaving your address. SHE's a bit dumb at times and couldn't find it! We see that Sarge and Frankie have come by. Sarge has Crab sisters and they usually blog on Mondays.

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    1. Yep, gotta love Sarge, Beachnut, and Shelldon! Thanks for coming by, you guys!

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  7. What an interesting post... I had no clue that painted shells are not good... but I'm with you on that front, natural is always the best :o)

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