How to Care for Pet Fiddler Crabs

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A moist substrate needs to be provided to create a good humidity level for your pet and provide them a place to dig. The most commonly used substrate is about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) of sand, plus an additional 3 to 6 inches (8 to 15 cm) of moist peat moss. Moon crabs need a large amount of water to survive and a constant humidity level right around 70%. The terrarium should be set up so that the temperature is between 80° and 85°F and should not be allowed to drop below 78°F or be raised above 85°F at any time.
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Male versus male competition also occurs as fighting with the major claws. If a male loses his larger claw, the smaller one will begin to grow larger and the lost claw will regenerate into a new (small) claw. For at least some species of fiddler crabs, however, the small claw remains small, while the larger claw regenerates over a period of several molts, being about half its former size after the first molt. The female fiddler carries her eggs in a mass on the underside of her body. She remains in her burrow during a two-week gestation period, after which she ventures out to release her eggs into the receding tide. The larvae remain for a further two weeks. The following is a list of the essential items your pet hermit crabs will need:
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The Hermit Crab Association is looking for people who areserious about hermit crabs. If you are tired of seeing hermitcrabs treated as "throwaway animals," we're the group for you! TheHermit Crab Association promotes proper crab care in various ways, fromhanding our care sheets to posting reports of recommended pet storesthroughout the world. We work on the principle that positivereinforcement is the best teacher. The Hermit Crab Associationwas founded in 2001 and has enjoyed many wonderful years of helpinghermit crab lovers with their pets. Visit us today at The very first thing your new pets will need is a 'crabitat.' Acrabitatis where your hermit crabs will spend most of their time, so choose ahomethat is clean and roomy. A 10-gallon glass aquarium can be purchased ata reasonable price and makes an ideal 'starter home' for your crabs. Ifyou are unable to purchase an aquarium, there are other optionsavailable, such as plastic critter carriers. Keep in mind how manycrabs you ultimately plan on housing and how you would like their hometo look. It will help you make up your mind when the time comes todecide on the size of your crabitat. Make sure the cage will hold yourpets, their food and water dishes, extra shells and climbing toys. Youwant a cage large enough to hold all these things and still have spacefor the crabs to roam if they wish. This means that the smallplastic box that you got from a mall kiosk or boardwalk store is not anadequate shelter for any hermit crab. One way to give the crabsroom to wander is to leave an area at the back or front of the crabitatthat is completely clear of obstructions. This way the crab has an"express lane" to run down if s/he needs to get some energy out anddoesn't want to climb. While a plastic critter carrier makes a passabletemporary home or'hospital cage,' it is not recommended as a permanent home.In the United States there are two main species commonlysold as pets. The descriptions below describe those two. . It is native to the Caribbean and has many common names,such as purple pincher (abbreviated to PP), land hermit crab, treecrab, soldier crab, and Caribbean crab. The second species is , whose common names are Ecuadorian Crab, E-Crab, E orthe affectionate nickname, "Eccie." It is highly likely that if youlive in the United States, you have one or both of these two species ofcrabs.Chlorine is harmful to land hermit crabs. Repeated exposure to itcauses blisters to form on the crabs' gills, resulting in suffocationand death. You can remove this harmful chemical by purchasing from yourpet store a general dechlorinator (or tap water conditioner). It’srelatively inexpensive and usually comes in a dropper-style bottle. Youdo not need to buy a large amount of it (in fact, you shouldn't,because the drops may gradually lose the ability to dechlorinate thewater if stored for a long period of time). Try to get a brand withinstructions on how to mix only ONE GALLON of dechlorinated water,otherwise you’ll have to do some calculating as to how many drops perquart, etc.