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Hermit Crab Shells

Hermit crabs are adorable little creatures, and they make great pets. Hermit crabs are not the best choice for a first pet for children, however, because they do require a great deal of upkeep. All hermit crabs are born in the ocean, and most will grow up to stay in the ocean forever (aquatic hermit crabs), but some become land-dwelling hermit crabs. Although both can make great pets, it is recommended that you stick with the land-dwelling hermit crabs unless you’re an experienced, dedicated aquarist. Water temperature is very important in the care of an aquatic hermit crab, in addition to the cleanliness of the aquarium, so sticking with land-dwelling hermit crabs is suggested for a first timer. That’s not to suggest taking care of land hermit crabs is easy. You need to make sure your hermit crab’s environment is kept at a temperature between 75° F and 80° F and that the humidity is between 75% and 78%. Zen Pet Supplies carries a number of hermit crab supplies you’ll need to create an ideal habitat for them including some fun accessories like hermit crab shells.
A very exciting part of owning a hermit crabs is watching them molt or “shed” their shell. Hermit crabs are born with exoskeletons (a skeleton on the outside of the body), and they attach their exoskeletons to seashells or snail shells to help keep themselves safe from predators. As hermit crabs continue to grow, they outgrow their shells and shed their exoskeletons. This is the molting process. How many times your hermit crab (or hermit crabs – it is suggested you get more than one) molts will vary depending on how quickly he grows. There are some clues you can look for, however. If your crab is suddenly digging more or eating or drinking more often than usual, that can be a sign he’s ready to shed that shell and exoskeleton. When you start to see signs like that, it’s best to remove any other hermit crabs from the environment, put them in a separate tank, and leave your molting crab alone. Hermits like to molt in isolation and touching them before their new exoskeleton is fully hardened can be fatal.

After a hermit crab has molted his shell, searching for a new one is very exciting. It’s something they truly enjoy – it’s fun for them! So, be sure you put a variety of new shells in the tank for him to choose from when he’s ready. Make sure they’re bigger than the one he has now since molting means growing. At Zen Pet Supplies, we have shells of all sizes, shapes and colors for you to choose from. It’s a good idea to always have extra shells on hand as you can never predict when your hermit crab will be ready for a new one. So, be sure to check out the available hermit crab grow and decorative shells at Zen Pet Supplies today!