Hermit Crabs can make fascinating pets that are hardy when kept in the proper conditions. Most Hermit crabs kept as pets are the Atlantic Hermit Crab, also known as the Tree Crab. These crustaceans inhabit coastal areas of Central and South America. They are social creatures that can sometimes be found in very large numbers while scavenging for food at night. Hermit Crabs can grow up to 4 inches and do well as pets when a few basic needs are met.
- Common Name: Hermit Crab
- Scientific Name: Coenobita spp.
- Distribution: Throughout Central and Northern South American, Caribbean and surrounding Islands
- Size: 2″- 6″
- Life Span: 10 yrs+
- A 10 gallon terrarium is sufficient for up to 6 small (<2″) Hermit Crabs, while larger crabs (3 ½”+) will need a 20 gallon terrarium and can be housed with 3 or 4 crabs.
- Hermit crabs are social animals; however they should not be crowded when being kept in captivity.
- Zoo Med’s Naturalistic Terrarium or ReptiHabitat enclosures are a great choice for Hermit Crabs.