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Old August 13th, 2011, 09:23 PM
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Our Hermit Crabs

Just wanted to share some pictures of our crabitat. We're keeping 3 ecuadorian Hermit Crabs in it. Their names are Shy Guy, Sonic & Daisy and we love watching them eat, climb, dig, etc. The decoration isn't finished: we want to add a nice background, some nets and plants for them to climb on and a few toys.

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This is Daisy snacking on pumpkin, apple, cucumber & cereal


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Charlie loves to watch them walk by (this was before we added the 'second level')


Another shot of Daisy sporting a different shell (girls have to change outfits often)
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Old August 14th, 2011, 06:02 AM
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very cute, you sound like my sister, she has 7 she bought around here and then brought 5 home from jamica in feb, they are growing by leaps and bounds.
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Old August 14th, 2011, 09:01 AM
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Wow,those look amazing and have a great home.
I see those in the tourist-stores in South Carolina when we go there on vacation and I always feel sorry for them,but your crabs seem to have a great life.
I am totally ignorant to the fact they change shells,or ignorant to the life of a Crab,period,but it looks like fun..
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Old August 14th, 2011, 09:01 AM
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How cool! I had no idea that crabs would be interested in climbing!! Had to laugh at 'crabitat' New word for me.

How many shells do you leave lying around for the crabs to check out? Will you have to get bigger ones as they grow?
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Old August 14th, 2011, 10:13 AM
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I love your "crabitat"
New word for me as well, Hazel!
I just love Hermit crabs. I used to have a few as a kid. I'm not sure about the type that these are, but we had to get bigger shells for ours as they grew. We had 3-4 shells per crab. They're very fun to watch

LoveCharlie, I don't think I have ever seen such lucky Hermits!! You have made a wonderful home for them
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Old August 14th, 2011, 06:32 PM
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When my fiancÚ and his daughter brought them home, I wanted NOTHING to do with them. But once I started reading online on how to care for them, I found myself really enjoying them. It's fairly easy to care for them: humidity should be between 70-80%, temperature between 75-80* and keep the sand moist (same consistency as to make sand castles).

They're super easy to feed (any fruits, any veggies, eggs, meat, nuts, cheese, cereal). They do need a dish of fresh water for drinking and a dish of salt water for bathing. They say you should have about 5-7 empty shells per crab to make sure they have lots to chose from.

I'm glad you like them, I'll update with new pics from time to time.
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Do you make up your own salt water or is that something you can buy?
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