What Do Hermit Crabs Eat

You, along with so many others want to know what exactly do hermit crabs eat? This is a good question, and you may be surprised to learn that hermit crabs eat a large variety of things.

You have a lot of choice when it comes to what to feed your hermit crab. It can turn out to be a very pleasant experience on both your parts.

Go to any pet store and check out the food they have available. There is a pretty good chance that you are going to see a jug that reads “safe for hermit crabs”. There are many different types of commercial food that you can get your pet hermit crab.

Variety Is The Spice Of Life

You probably don’t eat the same type of food every single day, so why should your hermit crab have to? It’s best to switch up commercial hermit crab foodbetween 2-3 different types of hermit crab food each day.

The best commercial food offer what your hermit crab really wants and needs to eat. Sometimes specialists will tell you that certain foods contain ingredients that are bad for your hermit crab.

Ingredients To Watch Out For

Two ingredients that you should be sure to check for in any commercial hermit crab food are ethoxyguin and copper sulfate. Try to avoid both to these.

Both of the above ingredients are commonly found in pesticides and a lot of people are uncomfortable feeding their hermit crab them. In the end though the choice is completely yours, and like with most things there is evidence on both side. I prefer to err on the side of caution myself though.

Yes You Can Feed Your Hermit People Food

It’s very common for people to give their dogs some ‘people food’ and although some ‘people food’ can be harmful for your dog most food is perfectly healthy. The same goes for your Hermit Crab, why not give them an extra special treat? Just ensure that he has enough commercial food for the nutrition he needs.

I have found that they love:

•    bread, crackers and dried cereal
•    diced bananas, coconuts, pears and apples
•    peanut butter (of course this is messy)
•    Shredded spinach
•    Shredded lettuce
•    Cooked potatoes

Just make sure you put all the food into tiny crab sized bites so that the little guy can easily pick up the food and eat it. You don’t want him to struggle trying to grip the food he loves!

Sweet Tooth?

We all get that sweet tooth..you know when you just crave that piece of chocolate. Well guess what your hermit crab has one too!
It is common for hermit crabs to enjoy chewing on something a little less savory and a bit more sweet. And who are we to deny him of such a simple pleasure like that in life?

Baby Food

You might find that baby food is a good choice, not only are they high in nutrition but they also have that sweet taste that they just can’t get enough of.

Try some flavors like the following;

  • Apples and Bananas
  • Apples, Mango, and Kiwi
  • Apple sauce
  • Sweet potatoes and Apples
  • Apples and Pears
  • Fruit medley
  • Guava Fruit Dessert
  • Papaya Fruit Dessert
  • Mango Fruit Dessert
  • Sweet Corn Casserole
  • Chiquita Bananas

Be Creative And Have Fun With It

Don’t limit yourself to this list, or any list really. Have some fun with it, your hermit will love anything a little fruity.
You can even feed them using a plastic spoon, or put some in their dish and let them feed themselves. He will not only love these treats but he will get the nutrients that he needs to stay healthy, who would have thought?