Wild hermit crabs drink water daily, so give them the same opportunity in captivity. If hermit crabs don’t drink, they grow dehydrated and their gills dry, leading to breathing difficulties […]
Hermit Crab Health
Are Painted Shells Bad for Hermit Crabs?
Beachfront gift shops sell hermit crabs in painted shells to appeal to young children. No reputable seller of hermit crab shells and supplies will offer decorated shells. Hermit crab shells […]
Is My Hermit Crab Healthy? [5 Visual Signs of Good Health]
Hermit crabs don’t experience illnesses that affect other pets, but that doesn’t mean they’re low-maintenance. You must provide appropriate care to keep hermit crabs strong and healthy. A healthy hermit […]
How Do Hermit Crabs Breathe? [Lungs vs. Gills]
Hermit crabs, including land-based crustaceans, breathe through gills, which must be kept moist. Terrestrial hermit crabs also have an adaptation called the branchiostegal lung. Land hermit crabs must live in […]
Why Do Hermit Crabs Lose Claws? [Lost Big Claw or Both Claws]
Hermit crabs often shed limbs, most often the rear legs. Hermit crabs can also shed claws by choice, injury, illness, or accident. Unfortunately, losing a claw is more significant than […]
How To Get Rid of Mites on Hermit Crabs Safely
Mites can infest a hermit crab’s skin, eyes, and antennae. The only way to kill mites attached to a hermit crab is by bathing in saline water and deep cleaning […]
Can Hermit Crabs Get Stuck Upside Down?
Hermit crabs prefer to keep all ten legs on a solid surface unless climbing. There will be occasions when a hermit crab willingly lies on its back, but this will […]
Are Hermit Crabs Legs Supposed To Fall Off? [Loss + Regrowth]
You may find lost limbs lying on the tank’s substrate. Unfortunately, hermit crabs willfully shed legs, and even chelipeds, with some regularity. These limbs shouldn’t “fall off” but can be […]
Do Hermit Crabs Eyes Grow Back? (Missing + Lost Eyes)
Hermit crabs regenerate lost tissue when they molt their exoskeletons, which happens when hermit crabs regrow legs, chelipeds (claws), and eyes that have been shed, damaged, or severed. Hermit crabs’ […]
How Does A Hermit Crab Molt Its Exoskeleton?
Molting is an essential part of any hermit crab’s life cycle. As hermit crabs age and increase in size, they outgrow their existing exoskeletons. Hermit crab molting is broken into […]
Can Mold Kill Hermit Crabs? [Mildew Tank Safety Precautions]
Mold, sometimes known as mildew, is a fungal growth that forms and spreads in damp terrain. Mold can be found inside and outdoors of the home, but inside, it relies […]
Can You Pull A Hermit Crab Out of Its Shell?
Hermit crabs aren’t born with shells, so they must find an appropriate shelter through scavenging. Once a hermit crab has sourced a shell, it’ll protect it with great ferocity. There […]