Hermit Crabs

Hermit Crabs acquire empty shells to protect themselves from predators. Hermit Crabs can be popular aquarium pets because they feed on algae and debris. Questions regarding care of pet hermit crabs are welcome here.

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What are some good hermit crab names?

Windy

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Do hermit crabs eat pears?

Yes. Hermit crabs eat fruits, veggies, lean (non fatty) not seasoned meats, egg yolk, egg white, egg shell (rich in protein).

Stay AWAY from human foods, such as peanut butter twinkies, and COMMERICAL FOOD, it has harmful preservatives (no matter what it says), and little or no nutrients.

My hermies absolutely LOVE SEA salted nuts, it has to be SEA salted, because table salt sofacates and kills hermies.

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Why did your hermit crab lose its legs then die after it molted?

it lost its legs because of stress. maybe you had just gotten it; or maybe the temperature or humidity levels weren't good enough. It died probably because maybe you were handling it while it was molting, or one of the other crabs messed with it. Make sure to move it to an isolation tank with lots of sand, some food and water, when you start to see signs of molting.

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What are some cool ideas for a hermit crab tank?

I made a little house out of palm bark from my backyard that they seem to like. Just remember not to use pine cuz its toxic to them.

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If the hermit crab's arm falls off is it dead?

No, it is not dead. Hermit crabs can grow back their "arms" over time, though claws missing can be harder to live without. Just make sure you give lots of new shells so they can molt (which is when the arm is grown back). Don't worry-this happened to my herm!

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Can the hermit crab survive without the snail shell?

A hermit crab is very vulnerable without the snail shell, so you can expect it to get eaten, (or dry up for land hermit crabs), or injured before too long.

Some species of hermit crabs actually don't use snail shells at all, however.

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Can a red clawed crab live in a hermit crab cage?

No! Hermit crabs should never live in cages! Instead, try a 20 gallon fish tank because it will keep the humidity up.

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Emotions

Can hermit crabs died of loneliness?

Yes. Hermit crabs love to be social and in the wild, they go together as groups. You should get atleast 2 hermit crabs, because they will get stressed.

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How long can hermit crabs live alone?

not very long; they are very social creatures and love the companion of another hermit crab. so if you don't have 2 or more already, then you should go get another one or two.

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What do crabs like to eat?

You can feed them algae wagers, specialized crab food, dried bloodworms, shrimp, and blanched vegetables and krill.

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Can hermit crabs molt upside down?

yes

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Why do hermit crabs commit suicide?

it's the only way to get away from you

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How many times a year does a hermit crab molt?

The frequency of a hermit crab's molt relies on two main factors: size and environment.

Smaller crabs will molt very frequently and for shorter periods of time where a larger crab may only molt twice a year but stay down for months when it does.

If conditions (in the wild or captivity) are not ideal for a molt (this includes the availability of upgrade shells) the crab will actually secrete a hormone that puts the molt off for a while. If it goes too long without molting, it will be forced to molt wherever it is (very dangerous) or die.

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Bananas and Plantains

Do hermit crabs eat bananas?

Yes, but ideally they prefer banoffee pie
Yes, they can eat most fruits and vegetables.

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What parts of a crab can you eat?

the meat inside the legs, pinchers and body; do not consume the body inards.

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Do you need a license to breed a hermit crab?

no because they breed by the salt water and do it by themselfs

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Can hermit crabs kill moon crabs?

it deppends on how big the hermit crabs and the moon crabs are but if the hermit crab is bigger youv'e got your self a dead moon crab

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Do hermit crabs die in their shells?

Usually, but not always. I depends on what killed it. For example, a crab that dies from over heating will leave it's shell first in an effort to "cool down". Also, a crab without an available will shell will eventually die since it's gills can't be kept moist.

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How do crabs breathe?

If it did it would have gills. Do they have gills?

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Do hermit crabs have a butt?

No

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Do hermit crabs have butts?

yes...................................................................................... yes they do

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Do hermit crabs breath air or water?

Well they do NOT breathe air, they just can be out of the water because they store it in their shell to breathe. This means that if you want to take your hermit crab out, you must give it a bath -no soap- so it can get breathing water in its shell.

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What is another name for crab?

Decapod Crustaceans, or just crustaceans

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Starfish

What is a difference between a crab a starfish?

Crabs have shells. Starfish have 5 legs.

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How many years does a hermit crab live?

In the wild, hermit crabs have been proven to live more than 70 years and become the size of basketballs. In captivity, you can have them for decades if you provide the proper environment and care.

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