just what is it that makes the
land hermit crab a wonderful pet?
They are hypo-allergenic
- If someone in your family has allergies to fur of any kind then
the hermit crab is a wonderful pet because they not only are they
fur-less but they are clean animals.
are suitable for apartment, dorm living, bedroom spaces -
this was one of the contributing factors in my purchase of land
hermit crabs over six years ago. Their living enclosure only takes
up a small space
They don't need to be taken for walks - land hermit crabs
receive plenty of exercise from climbing up and down driftwood,
exploring coconut cabanas or digging. A really pampered hermit crab
could be seen tumbling around in an "Exersphere"1 Watching a hermit
crab moving around the room inside an Exersphere or similar is more
entertaining than a good night of TV watching!
don't need to be house-trained like a dog or cat - they won't
lick at your face first thing in the morning or bark or scratch
to ask to be let out at night.
are quiet animals - excepting the noise of the shell of a
hermit crab tapping gently against the glass. They are odor-less
unless the tank is unkempt, and they eat virtually anything!!
crabs are wonderful pets for children and adults alike -
Most of the members of the Hermies eGroups Community that I founded
are in fact adults. There are many children in the group but it
is the parents that really enjoy crab watching of a night time,
when you see a peak in activity and typical hermit crab antics of
hanging upside-down, changing shells, climbing driftwood, digging,
dancing against the glass and drinking from the waterdish.
is just a brief glimpse into the wonderful world of the land hermit
crab owner and why they make such a wonderful pet.
be fooled, these hardy and curious critters do need a comfy environment
for them to really flourish and stay healthy and hyperactive, but
it's not rocket science, just plain ol' common sense!