So what essentials do you need to keep your hermit crab healthy & happy?

Here's our hermit crab checklist of essentials for looking after your hermit crab:

  • A friend - Hermit crabs are social so getting a friend (or three) will keep your crab(s) happy.
  • Hermit Crab Starter KitGlass aquarium or terrarium - you'll need this to keep your crab in a warm and humid environment. Plastic or wire cages are too small and you won't be able to control the warmth or humidity.  Even better is a hermit crab starter kit as these come fully equipped with everything you need to provide a comfortable home for your crabs.
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  • Light/Heat - low wattage (15-25W) lighting including incandescent moon- or night-glow bulbs can provide heat and give your hermit habitat a different effect.  Reptile heat mats can also provide gentle, underneath heat to keep your crabs warm and healthy.
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  • Substrate - you can use clean sand (use aquarium sand so you knowit's clean) or compressed coconut fiber as a substrate, at least twice as deep as your largest crab, and kept moist.  A coconut  fibre cat litter - or even the paper pellet based one will work.  Crabs need to bury themselves to molt and relieve stress, and also for fun.
  • Designer ShellsExtra shells - you will need at least 2 of each size needed by your crabs, with round or oval openings the same size as the big pincher - to allow them to grow up, have fun shell-shopping, and to prevent shell fights.  You can find painted shells and even designer shells.
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  • Food dish  - and food - choose a small, shallow food dish and fill with special hermit crabs pellets or cookies.  If you buy a good food that is specially made for your hermit crab you shouldn't need to add other supplements.
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  • Water bowls x 2 - one for freshwater and one for saltwater.  Get shallow dishes or else place a small sea sponge in the bowl (so smaller crabs don't drown).
  • Water dechlorinator - tap water must be treated to remove chlorine, chloramines, and heavy metals.  A drop or two of water dechlorinator added to the tap water will do the trick.
  • Salt - use marine salt (or special hermit crab salt).  Do not use table salt; the iodine in it is harmful to crabs.
  • Climbing toys & foilage - such as driftwood, plastic aquarium plants, wicker baskets, fish tank ornaments etc. Your crabs will be more active in the early morning and afternoon and they love to climb. 
  • Coco HutHiding shelters - such as half-logs, caves, and coco-huts (they need a place to feel safe and relieve stress).
  • Water spray bottle - a great way to help keep their environment humid.  Make sure the water has been dechlorinated first.

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