Hermit Crabs–A Fun Pet for Kids

17 Jan

You are probably worried of what to give to your kids for them to take care of as a pet and that will never harm them. Easy to maintain. Fun and interesting colorful designs. Have a few of the hermit crabs available from any pet store near you.

What is Hermit Crab?

Hermit crabs are from the family of crabs that possess an asymmetrical abdomen which is concealed in discarded shells as their temporary dwellings. The shell will serve as there protection from predators and their shelter as well. Their shell depends on how large or small the crab is. They undergo molting process when they grow and need a larger shell for them to stay.

In the wild, hermit crabs just roam around at night in search of food. Land hermit crabs are omnivores, meaning they eat both plant and animal matter.

What is hermit crab as a pet?

These days, kids love to pet hermit crabs. Unlike cats and dogs, the pet is very good for children since it is a hypoallergenic. It is perfectly safe and harmless. Easy and fun to take care. Make children develop their sense of responsibility.

How to purchase hermit crab?

In the Philippines, they are already available in the pet stores. They usually cost $2 dollars each. Actually, they are cheaper compared to other pets. But if you don’t have time to go to a pet store, there are now available online shops for hermit crabs. Each crab usually possesses a colorful animated shell that adds the fun in taking care of it. Certainly, this makes kids interested in taking care of them.

How to maintain hermit crabs?

Hermit crabs are easy to maintain. They don’t need extra effort to keep them clean. Just a deep in the water will do. Hermit crabs do not need a huge area to stay. What is important for them are the temperature. Since they come from the tropics, hermit crabs prefer a humid and an appropriate temperature for them to live. When in captivity, hermit crabs’ diet depends on whatever is available. Usually fresh foods are best to feed but bread and any carbohydrates rich content foods are perfectly fine for them.

Photos by: Abigail Go Tolentino


Posted by on January 17, 2011 in Pet, Review, Uncategorized


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    how can you tell if your hermit crab is about to change its shell? i mean like what will they be acting like will they be active or calm? my hermit crabs flax, baxter, bushel, and zuno used to kind of play together but now baxter is kind of being grouchy so i am wondering if he is about to change his shell. so i have decided to email you and ask you please email back at your earliest convenence thank you sophia ewing

  34. Kelly

    November 10, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I have to say that I disagree with this article. I have owned hermit crabs for a few years now, and I would never recommend it as a pet for children. Not because I don’t like them, but because they are very high maintenance! Also, the “colourful shells” that you are referring to are very unhealthy for the crabs. If you plan on owning one, please do your research before hand. You can read a bit about the shells here:


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