Last week a neighbor gave us a hermit crab aquarium all set up for some hermies as their affectionately called. Since GG has asthma and horrible allergies we thought, why not.? At first he saw it and wanted a lizard, but when I told it what it was set up for he was very ready to get a hermit crab. My husband and I did some research and added some other things to the habitat.
On Saturday we brought home three hermies and I have been a WRECK ever since. There is more in taking card of a hermit crab than any other animal/reptile/amphibian I have ever owned! I'm so invested in these little guys that I won't go to sleep until I've seen all three walking around at night. It takes them a while to get use to their new habitat so they're digging and staying under all day.
If I would have done even more research I would have gotten GG a fish. I never realized what these little guys go through and I didn't know that they aren't breed in captivity. I was going to write an entire post here, but my god-daughter (who lives with us as of a few weeks ago) wrote an essay on hermies. I'm going to share that instead!
Do you believe that hermit crabs should be kept as pets
Do I believe hermit crabs should be kept as pets? No, I do not. The reasons why I believe this way are as follows. Hermit crabs are wild animals that should be left in their natural habitat. They have very specific needs that most people don’t know anything about. They are also very social and misunderstood.
Hermit crabs are wild animals that should be left in their natural habitat. I believe this for several different reasons. The first reason is that their life span is much larger when they are in their natural environment. In nature the lifespan of a hermit crab is thirty to forty years, however as pets it’s rare that they live more than a few years.
Secondly, hermit crabs can not breed in captivity. There have been rare cases, but the eggs can not hatch unless they are placed in the ocean.
Hermit crabs have very specific needs. For one the temperature needs to be between seventy five and eighty degrees. The humidity also need to be kept between seventy and eighty five percent. This is because hermit crabs are from tropical environments like the Caribbean. They also breathe with special gills, they pull their air from moisture in the air that we breathe, this is why the humidity must be so high. Many people don’t understand this and their hermit crabs slowly suffocate and die.
Hermit crabs are very social. This is usually misunderstood because of their names. When people hear “hermit” they think of a person that does not want to be around anyone. The hermit crab however needs to be around other hermits. It got its name because when it’s scared it hides in its shell for protection. It’s name causes many people to think that it can be alone. People see their name and assume that it is okay to be by themselves. When this happens a hermit crab will become very depressed and eventually die.
In conclusion, I do not believe that hermit crabs should be kept as pets. Hermit crabs are wild animals that should be left in their natural habitat. They have very specific needs that most people don’t know anything about. They are also very social and misunderstood. When left in their natural environment they live very fulfilled lives, sometimes as long as forty years. When left alone they do not have the added stress that humans bring.
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