Aggression

  Aggressive Behaviour Land hermit crabs are territorial animals, and as such they will often act aggressively towards one another to establish a ‘pecking’ order among their colony. Sometimes this can be in the form of ‘feeler’ or antennae fights, others in violent pushing or flicking fellow tank mates out of the way. Usually this […]

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Are You Ready for a Land Hermit Crab?

ARE YOU READY FOR A LAND HERMIT CRAB? Australian Land Hermit Crab Care Guide THE BIG PICTURE As you would have already guessed, caring for a land hermit crab is more than just food and salt. The initial set up for a land hermit crab can include much more than you previously thought. The good […]

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Bathing

The Importance of Baths Land Hermit Crabs can drown if submerged in water for an extended time (fishermen say around an hour), but they have been observed bathe themselves in shallow pools to replace shell water and wash out any foods and wastes from their shells when in the wild. Hermit Crabs urinate through their […]

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Choosing Your Hermit Crabs

Look closely at the hermit crab environment and ask questions about the food, bedding, housing and temperature needs for your new pets. If you have never owned hermit crabs before a book on caring for hermit crabs is a wonderful resource. There is a list of hermit crab guides listed under Books to the left. Make sure […]

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Croaking

Photo supplied by Carol Ormes If you have heard it, you would think that it sounds like something between a frog croak’s, a chicken’s clucking and something else thrown in for good measure. In case you haven’t heard it before, there is now a site dedicated to the sound files of Carol of CrabWorks’s hermit crab croaking . […]

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Feeding Your Land Hermit Crab

  What Do Hermit Crabs Eat?   In order to keep your hermit crab healthy your crabs will need a balanced diet. Just like we need our meat and vegetables, so do hermit crabs. A hermit crab’s diet is balanced with some seafood, meat, calcium supplements, protein supplements, fresh foods such as fruit, nuts, seeds; and […]

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Hermit Crab Biology

Land Hermit Crabs have adapted to live on land and can drown if submerged in water. The abdomen of a hermit crab is very soft and vulnerable; unlike ‘true’ crabs, hermit crabs do not have a hard shell to protect themselves. To survive, they must tuck their abdomens within the abandoned shell of a marine […]

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Hermit Crab Researchers

A Abrahams, Peter – University of Toronto. RESEARCH TITLE: Community Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology and Theory Abrams, Peter , J. P. 1993 Desportes Review of Assessments and Decisions: A Study of Information Gathering by Hermit Crabs, by R. W. Animal Behaviour Vol. 46, No. 3, September 1993 http://www.idealibrary.com/links/doi/10.1006/anbe.1993.1235 B Barnes, D. K. Barnes DK. Resource availability: Ancient […]

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How Old Is My Hermit Crab?

Age is measured by counting the otoliths, or growth rings, at the base of the antennae post-mortem. Size is hard to calculate, as hermit crabs will grow and moult depending on environment, diet, exercise, species and other random factors. However, you can observe the change in the size of Carol of Crab Works’ hermit crabs […]

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Lifecycle of a Land Hermit Crab

IN THE WILD The life cycle of the land hermit crab is unique. In the wild, it starts by the release of eggs into an ocean tide pool, where the zoea go through a series of moults and development stages. A baby hermit crab zoea will be a part of plankton until it grows and starts to resemble hermit crab […]

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Lost Limbs

What is Autotomy?   Comes from the latin words autos for “self” and tomos for “cut Autotomy can be described as self-cutting, Websters dictionary describes autotomy as a “reflex separation of a part (as an appendage) from the body: division of the body into two or more pieces.” Hermit Crabs can autotomize (drop) and regenerate […]

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Moulting… the Crisis

So what is moulting? Moulting is when an animal sheds its old skin and then grows a new skin. You might have experienced the wonder and surprise at seeing a snake shed his skin. The shed skin looks like a duplicate of the snake, but it is only the cast off skin that didn’t grow […]

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Poem: The Young’n

By H.St.V.Beechey I babysit in the soft warm sand. She runs about on sturdy legs. Perhaps she is sitting me—I do not run much any more. She calls to me. “Great-grand-papa!” Each consonant crisp as a race-caller. “Great-grand-papa. Come quick! See? What is it?” Creaking, I answer her urgency, to where she squats Her attention […]

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Seashell Selections

One Size Does Not Fit All For each crab I have a few shells which are just a little bit bigger than their existing shell. When the crab moults (approximately once a year) they need a choice of shells to move into. The change in body size may be small but it will be important […]

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Species

AUSTRALIAN LAND HERMIT CRABS   There are only two species of land hermit crabs in Australia: Coenobita variabilis and Coenobita perlatus. Coenobita variabilis   Coenobita perlatus   THE REST OF THE WORLD There are so many land hermit crab species around the world. The most comprehensive resource is Coenobita Species run by Stacy Griffith.   […]

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The Importance Of A Quality Pet Store

The Five Dollar Pet   When first purchasing a land hermit crab, we are relying on the trained staff of pet stores to guide us through care and the selection of suitable equipment. Products that will keep your new pet land hermit crabs alive, happy and healthy. We are entrusting these pet stores to have […]

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