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How to Take Care of a Land Hermit Crab

Steps

  1. Buy a 5–10 gallon (18.9–37.9 L) fish tank.Allow a lot of room for them to roam around in.
  2. Put sand in the tank.You should put enough sand so that a hermit crab could fully cover itself with it.
  3. Place decorations in the tank, like rocks and miniature logs.Hermit crabs love to hide,so make hiding places. Also do not block the corners of the tank because they love to bury themselves in the sand near the corners because they feel safe.
  4. Get a food bowl and a water bowl.Make sure that the bowls are big enough for them to get right in.
    • Replace their food every day. Hermit crabs like many foods, including rice, grapes, peanut butter, pasta, tortilla chips, apple slices, dead crickets, and pretty much everything. These creatures are not very picky. You can also feed them hermit crab food from the pet store. The pet store food doesn't need to be changed every day but make sure they have nice fresh feeling and looking food to eat.
    • Replace their water every 2 to 3 days with room temperature bottled spring water. You can also put a sponge in their water bowl, so that they will have something to get a drink out of and climb on.
  5. Hermit crab cages usually need a heater.But not usually the kinds that you get from the pet store.
  6. Give your hermit crab a bath at least once a week.Put it in a bowl of bottled spring water for 15-30 seconds. Then, put it back in it's tank. But this is not mandatory.
  7. Play with it every once in a while.Don't let it roam your desk or table. It is very easy for hermit crabs to fall off, or get hurt. Never let your crab be in direct sunlight because their limbs will start to fall off and they will die.
  8. Replace the sand 2-3 times a year.Be sure that you need to take care of crabs like any other pet, especially when the cage has defecates in it.

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  • Question
    Do I need to keep the tank humid and if so, how?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you do. It is best to buy a humidifier from a pet store and mist the tank once or twice a day.
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  • Question
    How do hermit crabs die?
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    Community Answer
    Old age, improper care, harmful chemicals, suffocation, and drowning are the most common causes. Just make sure to research before you get one, and care for them the best you can.
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  • Question
    Do I have to give my crab spring water?
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    Community Answer
    You can use spring water or water treated with water conditioner. The water conditioner removes chlorine, metals, and other substances that could harm your crab. Spring water has already had these substances removed.
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  • Question
    Can I use colored sand?
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    Community Answer
    If it was dyed white you cannot use it because dyes contain harmful chemicals. You would probably be best picking up some regular play sand from a store.
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  • Question
    How moist should the sand be when I mist it?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The sand should be slightly moist like when the water hits the sand on the beach.
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  • Question
    How can sand hurt them?
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    Community Answer
    If the sand is clean, it won't hurt them. Make sure there are no harmful chemicals in it, and if you want to use beach sand, make sure you clean it properly first.
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  • Question
    Is it mandatory to have a heater?
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    Community Answer
    It depends on the temperature of your house, but generally, yes. (However, you may only need a heater during the winter.)
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  • Question
    Can I use white sand in the tank?
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    Community Answer
    Yes, you may use white sand.
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  • Question
    What size tank do 3 hermit crabs need?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Quite a large tank with a nice natural environment, with many shells as they need new ones to grow into.
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  • Question
    What do hermit crabs eat?
    Minnie
    Community Answer
    You could feed it hermit crab food or vegetables like spinach, carrots and lettuce. Also, you can feed it fish flakes as a treat.
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  • Keep 2 crabs of the same size together or best results. They love to have buddies.
  • You will probably need to use a heater for your hermit crab tank during winter months, no matter where you live.





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Date: 02.12.2018, 16:44 / Views: 65161