Hermit crabs are a popular pet due to their low maintenance and interesting behaviour. These crabs are not born with shells and must find their own as they grow. As hermit crab owners, you would want to provide these little friendly creatures with everything they need to live a happy and healthy life. This includes proper food and accessories.
What hermit crab food should you buy?
Live hermit crabs require a variety of food so that they can get the nutrients they need. Fruits, vegetables, pellets, and flake food are all good options for hermit crabs. Some popular fruits and vegetables include apples, bananas, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, spinach, and sweet potatoes.
When it comes to pellets and flake food, there are many different brands available on the market. It is important to read the ingredients list to make sure that the food does not contain any harmful chemicals or preservatives. Foods high in calcium - like PetWave’s Calcium Crunch - are ideal since this is an essential nutrient for hermit crabs.
What hermit crab accessories to buy?
Hermit crabs thrive on both fresh and salt water. The fresh water should be changed daily and the salt water should be changed every week. This means that the water dishes should be shallow enough for your crab to climb in and out of easily, like our Natural Terracotta Water Shallow Dish.
Other than changing the water regularly, you also need to add marine salt to the salt water dish. This will help recreate the natural habitat of hermit crabs and provide them with the minerals they need. When adding salt to the water dish, be sure to follow the instructions on the package carefully to avoid pouring too much or too little.
One of the most popular hermit crab accessories is a hideout where they can go when they want some privacy or want to sleep during the day since they are nocturnal creatures. Having at least two hideouts in an enclosure is suggested so that your crab always has somewhere to go if they feel stressed or threatened. Our most popular hideouts for crabs include these round plastic breeder hideouts or these cute huts.
Other necessary accessories include shells for your crab to change into as they grow, climbing surfaces such as rocks or driftwood, and a moisture meter (hermit crabs need a humidity level between 70% – 80%).
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By following these simple guidelines for hermit crab food and accessories, you can create a happy and healthy environment for your pet crab! Shop now from PetWave’s range of live hermit crabs, spare crab shells, and hermit crab food and accessories.