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MigueldaRican 06-04-2009 10:44 PM

Hermit Crabs (need some help if possible)
Anyone here ever own or currently own "hermits"?

My girlfriend and I just got a couple new additions to the family. We just welcomed "C. S." Lewis (my crab, C. S. = Crustacean Sensation) and Casper (my girlfriend's) into our home yesterday afternoon.

We fill the tank with about 2 inches deep of sand for the little guys (we decided to get em small so we can watch them grow).

Now maybe I'm just freaking out as a... "new parent" if you will. But now burrowing and we can't see any of them. We can hear them. We know they're still alive, but we can't see them. I noticed at the pet store none of them were doing this, and they didn't have the sand so deep. What's the deal here?

Samuel 06-04-2009 11:36 PM

Dont know much about crabs. But there are kinds that burrow into wet beach sand also. Used to see them all the time as a kid making sand castles. I suppose yours have the name 'hermit' because they like to hide. If you made the sand thin but gave them some shells and such they would hide in those.... maybe. Just a thought off the top of my head without any actual experience.

jerhanner 06-05-2009 06:52 AM

A little butter, hot water, and hey presto!

Oooops... wrong advice. Maybe they're just nervous from the move?

Akula2ssn 06-05-2009 04:53 PM

If they're anything like other crabs, they probably will bury themselves especially if they're in the process of moulting. They well probably continue to remain buried till their new shell has hardened. I volunteer at an aquarium, I can probably ask the supervisor there about hermit crabs and their behavior.

MigueldaRican 06-05-2009 05:58 PM

Thanks. Good idea. Any help would be appreciated. I am finding though that I'm getting quite different theories all around.

Some say that you should fill the tank with 2 inches of sand. Others say that's not that important. Fill the tank with a half inch but have a hiding place for them to hide and molt.

There's quite a bit of variation on how to take care of crabs.

Samuel 06-05-2009 07:22 PM


Originally Posted by MigueldaRican (Post 215267)
There's quite a bit of variation on how to take care of crabs.

I am sure you didnt mean that to be funny... but... OMFG!!!! :lol::lol::lol::lol:

Akula2ssn 06-05-2009 08:13 PM

Another thing to consider is that if you just got them, they may not be used to their new habitat. One might even say they're a bit traumatized right now. Not sure I'd be too happy is suddenly I was plucked out from my little cage and then carried off some unimaginable distance and then placed in a different cage. So they may simply be rather shy for the moment. After a while they'll probably lighten up and come up. This could explain why you're seeing them burrowing now when at the pet store you didn't observe this kind of behavior. I remember my very first cat wouldn't come out from under the bed for days when we first got him. Worried the hell out of me for a while.

Elizadolots 06-05-2009 08:23 PM

I don't have hermit crabs, but we have a frog and a chameleon. Hiding from the world at first seems very normal to me. Indeed, the chameleon seems to live to hide even now, 5 months after we brought him home. My advice is to google: "hermit crabs" + care + young

See if you don't get some instructions that make you feel better about it all. I know the internet was vital in helping me understand my chameleon (he's mine...the frog is my daughter's...all the crickets they eat are mine...yes, I have pets I feed to my other pets).

FranCat 06-05-2009 08:28 PM

Every crab I've ever seen, in the wild or in the store, would burrow if the sand was deep enough...Maybe the pet store has a book? We got my son an iguana one year...they were out of the book, we had to wait a the time we got the book, it was too late...we didn't know that you can not feed an iguana iceburg lettuce! I had to get a second iguana...that one lived for three years, till he escaped...

if the pet store doen't have any books, find a Barnes and Noble...they will have one, it doesn't need to be a big heavy one...just basic care.

Hope this helps...Love the names, by the way! cool!

MigueldaRican 06-06-2009 05:41 AM


Originally Posted by Samuel (Post 215309)
I am sure you didnt mean that to be funny... but... OMFG!!!! :lol::lol::lol:

I considered titled my thread "I got crabs". But that's been used before. :001_tongue:

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