There are two types of people in the world: Cat people and dog people. Now, it’s time to throw a third one in the mix, called hermit crab people! Here are five benefits of owning these cute little crustaceans.

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Hermit crabs are easy to take care of

Hermit crab on sand

Did you know that hermit crabs are low maintenance? As omnivores, they need meat, fruits and vegetables. They will happily enjoy time in their abode, as long as food and water are changed daily, and their tank is tidied weekly.


Hermit crabs are only hermits by name
Hermit Crab on branch

Contrary to what their name suggests, hermit crabs will happily enjoy the company of other crab friends and explore their surroundings, mostly at night, so some climbing equipment, habitat ornaments and hiding spots are a must!


Unlike cats and dogs, hermit crabs don’t need to go through training Hermit Crab Struggles to climb on a Rock

However, the friendly crustacean needs to be isolated in a separate tank, once they have moulted, which should last for several weeks. Also, on a regular basis, you need to suggest two new shells that are slightly larger than the current one for the crab to live in next.


Hermit crabs can be held crab in a hand

The more frequent you handle your pet during the earlier stages, the more comfortable and enjoyable the hermit crab will be when interacting with you.


And finally, they would make a great first pet for families

Hermit crab on some sand

All these points add up to mean that hermit crabs are a great pet for families, especially when cared for together! Kids should always have help from parents with animals, but children will love the sense of ownership and care they experience when they own hermit crabs.

Here are some things to remember when you own a hermit crab:

  • It is important that a hermit crab enjoys a balanced diet. Check the staff at your local Petbarn or at your nearest Greencross Vets for advice.
  • Remember not to spray any chemicals near your crab, especially cleaning chemicals, including furniture polish, insect sprays, room deodorants and fresheners. Even the tiniest exposure can lead to devastating results.
  • Visit your nearest Greencross Vets if your fellow crustacean experiences decreased appetite or activity, excessive shedding of the skin, loss of claws or limbs, or refusal to stay inside the shell.
  • And finally, children should be supervised by an adult when handling hermit crabs.

Petbarn has a range of terrariums, tanks and accessories that will make the perfect hermit crab environment!