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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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