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Food for Hermit Crabs

A lot of progress has been made in recent years to learn the exact nutritional requirements of hermit crabs, but, until that research has progressed further, we must go on existing information to know what to feed our pet hermit crabs. In the wild, hermit crabs eat a wide variety of foods including fruit, decaying wood, leaf litter, plants and grasses, and items washed ashore by the ocean’s tide. Clearly, they are not too picky when it comes to what they will eat. Hermit crabs locate food in two ways: by smelling it and by seeing other crabs eating it. While the experts don’t know everything about a hermit crab’s diet, they do know that if they become deficient in some nutrients, they will get sick and could die. Zen Pet Supplies carries a selection of hermit crab food that includes the nutrients that have proven beneficial to hermit crabs.
Similar to all living things, hermit crabs require certain substances and minerals in order to survive and thrive. For instance, they require calcium, carotene and antioxidants just like people do. A crab whose diet is carotene-deficient will fade in color after molting, and turn from a lovely reddish or orange color to a washed out gray or tan. You will be able to tell from this drastic color change in your pet hermit crab that he is not getting the nutrients he needs, and you can adjust his diet accordingly. To make sure your crabs get adequate carotene, you may supplement their diet with brightly colored vegetables, like corn and carrots. The most ideal diet for a hermit crab is food that children tend to avoid unless made to eat by their parents: fresh fruit, veggies, fish, nuts, and seeds. Hermit crabs do best when their diet consists of natural, healthy unprocessed foods. So, you can mark processed chicken nuggets fries off your hermit crab’s menu for tonight!

Land hermit crabs are omnivorous and therefore eat just about anything. Crabs also like tannin-rich foods, such as oak leaves and tree bark. Before giving your crabs these things as food, make sure they are thoroughly cleaned by rinsing with water and then completely dried, and keep in mind that crabs like crunchy leaves. For this reason, you’ll find some “crunchy” hermit crab food at Zen. Some of the hermit crab food in our current inventory includes mineral blocks, hermit crab crunchies, crab cuisine, crab cakes, canned hermit crab food, red banana fruit, hermit crab meal, and hermit crab fruit salad. You can supplement your pet crab’s diet with these items, and you can also feed him food from your own grocery store. Please check out the hermit crab food available now at Zen Pet Supplies’ online store.