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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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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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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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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Australian Land Hermit Crab

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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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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