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Zoo Med Starter Kit
Hermit Crab Kit with Hermit Soil 2oz, Thermometer, Food, Sand and Sponge, Dish, and Salt Packs
Zoo Med Hermit Soil
2oz sold individually
Zoo Med Thermometer and Humidity Gauge
FMR Starter Kit
Sand, Palm Tree Feeder, Dish, Mister Trainer, Scoop, Thermometer. Treat, Food, Sponge, 2 Med Shells and Small Coconut House
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All Items bought at Live Events are sold AS-IS with No Warranty and bought at Owner's Risk.
Due to Live Event travel schedules we do not offer Shipping, Returns, or Exchanges at live event shows. Once the Hermit Crab or Supply leaves our care we are not responsible, you assume ownership and care. Rest Assured, we handle all hermit crabs under our care with much love and support during such time.
It is always recommend that due diligence is done with personal research by each new owner prior to purchase related to travel, self packaging, hermit crab care, and crabitat. We cannot control or be held responsible for items, including hermit crabs, once they leave our care. Each owner assumes the risk and responsibility.
After doing your own research and that you have made a decision to acquire hermit crabs these suggestions are by many hermit crab owners...
Hermit Crabs are similar to most animals like dogs or cats in that you cannot lock them in the car in the heat with the windows up. It is recommended that you have air holes in a carry-on travel container, water, sponge, food, and to be gentle in travel, including walking, otherwise you can possibly put the hermit through unnecessary shock. You wouldn't shake a baby or another animal, please be mindful of your newly acquired hermit.
Hermits should never be in direct sunlight for an extended period of time.
Hermit Crabs that are known as Caribbean hermit crab, Coenobita clypeatus, or Purple Pincher and the Ecuadorian hermit crab (Coenobita compressus), also known as the Pacific hermit crab, are very delicate crustaceans with exoskeletons, use care.
It is always recommend to purchase terrarium, cage, or aquarium with a lid that's strong enough and large enough to hold a 50/50 calcium sand to substrate mixture and that you eventually move your hermits into a more permanent home, after all a starter kit is a starter kit or cage and is not a permanent home. It is likely your hermie's will prefer a large home to roam. Determination on size will be up to you.
For more ideal Hermit Crab Crabitats it should be estimated a cubic foot of habitat space for every two crabs. It is always good to have a place for them to climb and 3-6 inches of underground surface (depending on the size and amount of crabs) below to molt and/or play under. You may find that aquarium gravel is not ideal for hermit crabs, but okay to be sprinkled on top of the substrate / calcium sand for color or for them to crawl on in their home. It's a good idea to rinse the gravel before adding it to the aquarium. Coconut fiber substrate can help maintain humidity.
At least one food dish and one water dish (shallow enough for bathing and drinking) with a natural sea sponge inside for climbing. They are land hermit crabs that should not be submerged for an extended period of time.
Unlike some others, we do not prevent hermit crabs from having multiple extended molting opportunities and it is recommend that you do not prevent molting for a happy and extended hermit life.
Hermits may or may not be active during the day, each hermit is different based on diet, light, mood, habitat, friendly partners, molting process, and other conditions.
Hermit Crabs could pinch and are not recommend to be overly handled by young children. It is suggested to mist a crab if they pinch and do not let go. Always consider consulting a doctor for care related to treatment or infection if desired. It has been said hermit crabs do not carry diseases, but we cannot verify such.
You should not attempt to race hermit crabs on your own or mimic shows unless you are a trained professional. It is possible your crab cannot handle continuous or repeated stress. Much care and expert training should be used by trained professionals.
It's possible your hermit crab may lose limbs, this does not necessarily mean they will die or not. Hermit Crabs can regeneration limbs over a period of time.
A nocturnal heat lamp or under tank heater is always helpful, but never directly on the hermit.
A misting spray bottle or terrarium humidifier. Generally hermits do not like high velocity or streams of water or sprays too closely, misting is preferred. Think of them like a new baby, they are delicate and require you to use much care in the very early stages of having owners.
A couple of empty shells that are either non-lead based paint and sealed shells or cleaned shells per Hermit Crab that are slightly larger or similar in size are helpful for crab comfort. Hermits may or may not switch shells based on various factors from comfort to growth and many other variables.
Climbing accessories, such as driftwood and hiding places will help make a happy crab.
Changing the substrate and water in a reasonable time frame is always helpful.
According to most Hermit Crab owner success stories, the habitat needs to be kept warm, some success stories range from 70-85° F in non direct sun light, and humid, at least 50-80 percent humidity. In cooler environments you can use an under-tank heater to keep your habitat warm, but make sure to provide substrate over the heater for protection. Although not proven, Misting your hermit and its home with dechlorinated water will help extend healthy conditions, as long as it is not excessive. Tap water can be dechlorinated and it is recommend to do your own independent research on how. Do not place your Hermit Crab habitat near direct sunlight or near windows or doors with drafts.
Hermit Crabs sometimes will eat live plants, fruit, nuts, cereal, coconut, granola, chips, peanut butter dried shrimp or fish and anything they can scavenge. It's always good to change the type of food every couple of days for variety.
Check the humidity and temperature levels daily to make sure your Hermit Crabs are comfortable and clean the habitat decor and gravel periodically. You may want to replace calcium sand and substrate periodically to help provide and maintain a clean and healthy living environment for your Hermit Crabs.
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