Have you ever seen a Hermit Crab? They're those little snail things
in the shell, right? Wrong. Hermit crabs are little crustaceans that
live in deserted sea snail shells on the coast. Boring, right? Wrong
again. They are really, I mean REALLY fun to play with and easy to
take care of. I am going to teach you how to keep a happy, healthy,
First you need to buy supplies. You'll need a cage, rocks or sand to
go at the bottom, special Hermit Crab Food, a dish to put the food
in (Snapple bottle caps do fine), extra shells for when they get too
big for their current one, and (IMPORTANT!) DISTILLED WATER. This is
important because they can't have tap water. You also need a sea
shell (or something!) to put the water in. And you can make it easier
for them to drink by putting a sea sponge in their water.
Then you need to set up their home. Pour the rocks or sand into the
cage. Then arrange the water, food, and shells. Hermit crabs also
like lots of stuff to play on, like large rocks and big
sticks. I keep
the food out the cage, too. It's just easier to access.
Now that you're prepared, I'm going to teach you how to take care of
your Hermit Crab on a daily basis. About every other day, you need
to give your Hermit Crab food and water. To give them food, put one
or two "pellets" in the food dish. All though, it's a REALLY good
idea to check the instructions first, because some kinds of Hermit
Crab food are different than others, and you wouldn't want to
overfeed or underfeed your Hermit Crab. They also need water. All
you need to do is pour a little distilled water into the water dish
or shell. You should check to see if it has enough water.
Once a month, you should give your Hermit Crab a bath. Put a tiny
little tiny bit of warm, not hot, water-tap is all right-into a
bowl. Make sure you don't put in too much, or your Hermit Crab might
drown! The water level shouldn't be above the tip of their shell.
Then put the Hermit Crab in the water and take them out again. They
should be squeaky clean!
Have you noticed that I've been saying "them" instead of "it"?
That's because Hermit Crabs, in the wild, travel in groups of
several thousand. So it's always a good idea to have more than one,
so they don't get lonely.
You now Know how to take care of a Hermit Crab! Congrats! You can
probably find them and their supplies at your local pet store.