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Hermit Crab To Get or Not To Get?

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United States

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Hermit crabs are thought of as being rare. Hermit crabs can have a lifespan up to fifty years and are omnivorous or herbivorous meaning they will eat anything. Hermit crabs are land and aquatic species which i personally enjoyed that fact. If you have an aquarium that's great because hermit crabs are good scavengers who like algae and debris. I do suggest before buying one as a pet that you do your research and learn more about hermit crabs.

Some pros and cons of owning a hermit crab are:

Pros:
They require very little maintenance
Its very cheap to keep as they don't eat much or need a lot of shelter
Small fish tanks will work- Have enough sand though
They don't take up much space
They don't make sounds
You don't have to get up to let them out in the middle of the night
Great for kids and it also teaches kid responsibility
Cage or tank only needs cleaning once a month
Great for couple or family with busy lifestyle

Cons:
Not very interactive
Need a good substrate
Some can die very shortly but others can live 23-50 years
Need regular cleaning or they can start to smell sometimes
Any water the hermit comes in contact with needs to have chlorine removed
Hermit crab pets require warm moist conditions. They need to have relatively high humidity so may have to be spritzed with water or have a large wet sponge in their home.
Hermit crabs are nocturnal and mostly active at night
Each hermit crab will need a shell of its own. So its great to have different sizes and different kinds of shells.

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