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Critters USA: All About Land Hermit Crabs

We dig up the truth on this popular but misunderstood pet.

By Jennifer Martinez

Land hermit crabs as pets are often misunderstood, so we’ll shed some light on everything from species and natural habitat, to behavior and health. We’ll also cover the  basics of owning hermit crabs as pets to ensure their health and happiness.

Life In Brief
Land hermit crabs come from tropical regions of the globe, including the Caribbean, South and Central America, Africa, Asia and Australia. They are born in the ocean near the shore. As they develop, they come ashore to find abandoned small animal shells to inhabit.

Although typically residents of tropical regions, some land hermit crabs have been found in some interesting  environments, such as mountainous areas at elevations of up to 3,000 feet; living in trees; and climbing 60-foot cliffs!

Hermit crabs live in colonies of up to 100 or more. They are social creatures and do best when living in groups. If you get a hermit crab as a pet, purchase two or more so your crabs won’t be lonely.

Land hermit crabs are nocturnal. The midday tropical sun is a danger to them; consequently, the daytime is their quiet time. Hermit crabs are social creatures (opposite to their name) that seldom fight among themselves. They communicate to one another by making sounds referred to as chirping.

**For the full article, pick up the 2008 issue of Critters USA or click here to buy the issue.**

 


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