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Welcome to Hermit Crab Paradise! We help land hermit crab owners worldwide to care for their land hermit crabs to the best of their ability. Do you need help with your hermit crabs? Read through our Crab Care section. If you are still unable to find answers to your questions, register to post on our Forums. If your hermit crabs need to find a new home, please contact the Hermit Crab Adoption Center.
In a society where owners are often asked "Are they tasty?", land hermit crabs are one of the most unfortunate animals commonly kept as pets. They are usually marketed as 'low maintenance', despite some pet store workers being accustomed to removing dead hermit crabs from their tank several times a month. Using gravel, shell grit or wood shavings as substrates alone are a death sentence. Hermit Crab Paradise aims to make life in captivity for the land crustaceans more comfortable and enjoyable.
The key to keeping hermit crabs healthy and alive is to prepare them for successful moults. Crabbers must not underestimate any of the numerous requirements that hermit crabs demand to survive such a life-threatening process. Carol Ormes has continued to care for her hermit crab Jonathan since 1976; therefore hermit crabs are by no means disposable or ephemeral pets.
There are very few published studies about land hermit crabs; none which focus on keeping them as pets. The care information provided by Hermit Crab Paradise has been compiled through case studies, science journals or trial and error by experienced crabbers including Carol Ormes, Kerie (Julia_Crab), Marie (ladybug15057), Stacy (Daethian), Sue (RFCrabs), Vanessa Pike-Russell and Vicki O'Donnell (vckums). However, none of them claim to be 'experts' and they share their care advice with good intentions.