Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jun 25, 2016
When I first obtained a hermit crab, I thought it would be an easy to care for pet. I mean, the pet store told me that they drink from the sponge and eat some pellet food, and there's not much else to it. That couldn't have been farther from the truth. About a month in to this adventure, I realized that I had been led astray. They need a constant high humidity level, and heat to keep them warm. They need deep sand to bury themselves in. They need a variety of fresh food. They need a saltwater pool deep enough to soak themselves in, and freshwater for drinking. They also need shells in a variety of styles and sizes because they change shells as they grow--and sometimes just for fun!
After spending a couple hundred dollars on supplies, I decided, "What's a few more?" The crabs themselves are the most inexpensive part of the set up. For about five years, we loved and cared for up to twenty crabs, and invested around $1000 in supplies and accessories.
I'm sad to report that a strong winter storm came through one year, and knocked out our power for almost 48 hours. The majority of the crabs did not survive despite my best efforts to insulate their tank and keep them warm. Within a few months of the storm, I lost them all.
I opted not to get more, due to the level of care they require. Hermit crabs can be great pets. Watching them is quite fun and also relaxing. The downside is that they do require a lot of care in order to keep them healthy and happy.