A fun, educational video teaching 5 things about Hermit Crabs

Below, Mary Ann shares more about her sanctuary for hermit crabs in need, as well as offers insight into the basics of hermit crab care, online resources for new crabbers, and more.

OAC: What do you think are the most harmful misperceptions people have about hermit crabs as pets?

We're glad you're the first Wonder Friend to leave us a comment on today's Wonder, Rahul! Way to go! We are super glad you learned some new things about hermit crabs today! :-)

One of the many interesting things about hermit crabs is their shells

Hermit crabs are found all around the world and there are over 500 different species. Find out the facts about hermit crabs. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Anthony Francis! Maybe you could find a book about hermit crabs at your library. They are interesting creatures! :)

RC learn about Hermit crabs - SlideShare

I've actually begun looking into hermit crabs since October... and lo and behold, here you provided information and a video! :) I actually went and checked out youtube videos of coconut crabs and hermit crabs searching for their bigger homes right after I read this article. I hope to be keeping a hermit crab (or two... or three!) as a pet, but I know even though they may appear "easy to take care of," they actually require a lot to create their home environment, especially if you don't live in a place with their ideal living situations. So yes, hello from the wintery area of Illinois! Thank you for providing something interesting every day for us to learn about!

8 Fun Facts About Hermit Crabs - SlideShare

The Hermit Crab Association is looking for people who areserious about hermit crabs. If you are tired of seeing hermitcrabs treated as "throwaway animals," we're the group for you! TheHermit Crab Association promotes proper crab care in various ways, fromhanding our care sheets to posting reports of recommended pet storesthroughout the world. We work on the principle that positivereinforcement is the best teacher. The Hermit Crab Associationwas founded in 2001 and has enjoyed many wonderful years of helpinghermit crab lovers with their pets. Visit us today at Long-clawed hermit crabs live mostly in shallow water and are common in tide pools and salt marshes. Broad-clawed hermit crabs live in deeper waters. Hermit crabs are active animals, moving about in search of food. They are omnivorous and feed on small bits of fish, , dead plants, algae, and other hermit crabs. It is well-known that Ecuadorian crabs are usually about 50% moreactive than similarly-sized PP crabs. They run much faster than PPcrabs and can seem to run in all directions at once -- forwards,backwards, even sideways! They also really enjoy climbing on anythingin the tank you provide for them. Some of the smaller Ecuadorian crabshave been known to grasp the silicone sealant in the corners of theaquarium (which holds the panes of glass together), and, by climbing,claw-over-claw, actually climb the glue and escape the tank. You shouldalways have a well-fitting lid on your crabitat, and this is even moreimportant when you have Ecuadorians. Closely examine your crabitat. Check for the following known crabstressors: (1) low humidity; (2) tank too hot or too cold; (3) recenttemperature fluctuations; (4) chlorine in the drinking water; (5) heatlamps, heat rocks or being kept in the sun too long with no place tohide; (6) chemicals in the environment, such as metal water dishes,cleaning solvents around the crabitat, (7) shell fights; (8) bathing ormisting the crabs too much (more than two times a week); and (9)molting problems. You can't do much about the molting problems, butalmost all the other stressors can be alleviated in some way. Pleasetry to keep your crab's home as stress-free as possible.