Hermit Crab Life Span

When considering hermit crabs as pets, the question on many people’s minds is how long will they live. Because they are so small in size, it is often assumed that they will only live a couple of years. For example, pet mice, which are several times larger than adult, live less than five years.

Increased Life With Proper Care

Many mistakenly assume that the same is true with these little pets. In reality, with the proper care, including an appropriate environment and the right foods, they can live twenty years or even longer in captivity. If you want your pet to live for a very long time, there are a few things you can do to extend its lifespan.

While it is true that many pet crabs die after a very short life span, this is more often than not due to improper care. Often owners keep their new crab in the small plastic enclosure in which it came from the pet store. This is far too small to serve as a permanent environment for them, which is adventurous and loves to explore its environment.

Careful Of Predators Even At Home

In the wild, many crabs are killed by predators. This can happen in your home, too, if you have pets or small children and the cage or tank does not have a sufficient latch. They are known as escape artists; if they do escape the tank, they may die from exposure, lack of food or water, or predators.

Happiest In Groups

hermit crab live span in groupsMany pet owners have found that the life span can be increased when they are kept in groups. Despite their name “hermit”,  they are actually quite social.

Like people, they will get bored if kept in their cage alone with nothing to do. Keeping crabs in community groups can provide them interaction and a stimulating environment.

Let Them Play

play environment tankIn addition to providing entertainment in the form of climbing surfaces and tank mates, it is absolutely crucial to keep the tank at the proper temperature and humidity levels.

Persistently low temperatures or low humidity will cause serious health problems. A diet that does not contain the right nutrients can cause insufficient nourishment, stopping your pet’s growth and causing an early death.

Lots Of Shell Options

lots of shellsAnother important factor that can influence the life span is the shells available. They naturally change from shell to shell throughout their life as they molt, growing a larger exoskeleton each time.

It is important for pet owners to provide them with several shell options. If they cannot find a suitable shell it will become stressed out, which can make it prone to illness.

It is the responsibility of any pet owner to provide their pet with a clean and healthy habitat, access to food and water, and a stimulating environment. Responsible owners of these pets can ensure that their hermit crab lives a long, healthy, and happy life, far exceeding the normal lifespan expected of most small and inexpensive pets.