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Strawberry Hermit crab

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Humidity:   80%-85% Size:  3” to 5” Temperature Range:  80 – 82 F. Diet:   Omnivore Habitat:   Terrestrial Life Span:   1 - 4 years Species:  Coenobita Perlatus

Strawberry Hermit Crab History Strawberry hermit crabs live in the Indo-Pacific region, such as Madagascar and Indonesia, and certain areas of Australia, primarily Easter Island and the Great Barrier Reef. They were first described by Henri Milne-Edwards in 1837. Strawberry hermit crabs have a dark orange to reddish coloring, and they have white spots on their legs, hence the nickname “strawberry.” They have orange or gold leg joints and orange or red antennae. Strawberry hermit crabs have steel grey colored eyes, which distinguish them from other reddish colored hermit crabs. The average strawberry hermit crab is approximately 3” long and weighs 2.8 ounces, although they can grow larger. In the wild, hermit crabs live for as long as 30 years, but in captivity, you can expect your strawberry hermit crab to live about 4 years.
Strawberry Hermit Crab Care Strawberry hermit crabs do not tolerate much fluctuation in temperature or humidity. If you can provide a steady temperature at around 80, and a humidity level of about 80%, then you have a greater chance of success with keeping your strawberry hermit crab alive. You should house your strawberry hermit crabs in a glass aquarium with a lid in order to ensure that temperature and humidity remain stable. Strawberry hermit crabs require a dish of salt water and a dish of fresh, non-chlorinated water, both of which should be large enough for the hermit crab to submerge itself fully in. Substrate, sand or forest bedding, should also be deep enough for the largest strawberry hermit crab in your tank to bury itself fully in. Strawberry hermit crabs like to climb, so a tank with vines, plants, wood, etc. will offer them plenty of climbing opportunities. They also like a variety of shells to choose from when molting.
Strawberry Hermit Crab Diet Strawberry hermit crabs are omnivores. They enjoy a large variety in their diet, and they have many nutritional needs. They will eat shrimp, sardines, salmon, tuna, chicken, turkey, etc. For non-meat foods, you can feed fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and oatmeal, granola, and other whole grains. You can also feed them packaged fish flakes and dried seaweed. In order for strawberry hermit crabs to maintain their coloring, you need to feed them foods containing beta-carotene; without enough beta-carotene, they will lose some of their coloring each time they molt. Include vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and leafy, dark green vegetables in their diet regularly to prevent their colors from fading.
Strawberry Hermit Crab Molting Strawberry hermit crabs will molt about once every 18 months. If they lose a limb, they may molt sooner in order to regenerate the limb. Be sure to have a moist sand or forest bedding substrate deep enough for him to molt in. The entire process can take up to a month before your hermit crab is back to his normal behavior. If you see that your hermit crab is preparing to molt, you can put him in an isolation tank; however, many strawberry hermit crabs are perfectly content to molt in the tank with other inhabitants. The strawberry hermit crab will eat his discarded exoskeleton, so there is no need to remove it from the tank.
Strawberry Hermit Crab Behavior Strawberry hermit crabs are sociable, so they don’t like to be alone, and they will do well with other non-aggressive hermit crabs. However, be sure to have plenty of shells available so that they do not feel the need to fight over them. If your hermit crabs are different sizes, fighting over shells shouldn’t be a problem. Strawberry hermit crabs are very active and like to climb.
Special Notes Strawberry hermit crabs are not an easy hermit crab for beginners because of their strict temperature and humidity requirements. You must be sure to maintain a temperature at 80F or just above, and humidity levels must be at 80% to 85% at all times. Heating pads and lighting can be used to maintain temperature, and you can spray non-chlorinated water into the tank once a day to help maintain humidity levels.

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  1. Beautiful 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Mar 2017

    Arrived well cared for! Nice size and very healthy!

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