So you never would of thought that you would be consider a hermit crab pet, but here you are looking for information on these little guys. Maybe you can’t have the traditional pets such as dogs or cats, maybe you don’t have the space, maybe you are allergic, or maybe you just don’t have the time.
Well I have some good news for you then because they can be the perfect pet. Just don’t expect to cuddle up next to these little guys.
Very Interesting Family Pet
Despite what you might think they are always on the go, aside from when they are sleeping of course. You can find them doing a number of interesting things. Whether it be eating, climbing, digging or switching shells.
Even watching these little guys watch around carrying their homes (shells) around with them everywhere they go can be pretty entertaining. You can also watch them while they interact with their tank mates.
So How Much Time And Work Do They Require?
So you are probably wondering how much time and work it will be to take care of these little guys. Well again I have some good news for you, they are pretty simple to care for. They can live long happy lives if you just give them some basic things. You will have to provide an aquarium, substrate, food and water dishes, a heater and some toys for climbing and hiding.
What You Should Do Daily
You will only need about 15 minutes per day to take proper care of your pet. Here is a list of what you should be doing daily:
- check your pets food and water supply and top up each if needed
- mist your crabs with warm water
- make sure your tank is the right temperature and is at the right humidity level, make adjustments as needed
- remove any left over food and feces
- check your crabs for overall well being, make sure you don’t have any ill crabs
- lastly, don’t forget to spend a little time playing with your little crab
What You Should Do Once A Month
- wash the tank and substrate (or replace the substrate with new substrate)
- wash and disinfect all the toys you provide
That’s basically it for pet care. If you stick to the above you should have healthy and happy pets for many years to come.
Hermit Crab Cost
Well once again I have some good news for you, because once you have your initial setup costs out of the way the rest of the costs are very minimal. Set up costs obviously range depending on the supplies you choose such as; the size of the set up, number of crabs you buy, and the equipment and toys you pick. You can definitely get all of that you need for around $100-200, depending on your wants and desires.
Hermit Crabs and Children
So you are deciding whether or not your son or daughter is old enough to have this unique pet. They can be a great first pet for children, because they can be very fun and teach responsibility at the same time.
However, you have to be realistic and when your five year old son or daughter begs you for this pet and swears up and down that they will take complete care of it. Chances are a five year old isn’t going to remember to feed and give him water each day.
This isn’t to say that 5 years old is too young to have this pet but just keep in mind that you might be doing the majority of care for these little guys. You should also supervise your child of this age when they are interacting with their new pet and remind them over and over that it’s a living animal with feelings. It’s isn’t hard for them to forget that it’s not a toy, especially if you are buying shells that are fun and painted as a basketball.
The Older Your Child The More Responsibility They Can Take On
The older your child is the greater likelihood that he or she will be able to properly care for these little guys and grasp that they are not toys but live animals that can feel. But even older children need reminders and supervision.