In the Crabitat

**If you are looking for the hermit crab dishes I make and sell, you can find them at my Etsy store. Thank you!

I’ve had a hermit crab obsession for a while now. And it actually started back in the 1990s when I lived in Florida and bought my first three. I did keep them in a big aquarium, but only provided gravel, a shallow freshwater dish, and pellets of “hermit crab food” from the pet store. I think they lived about two years. And it haunts me.

I have learned so much more about their care and feeding since that time and I like to think I’m making up for my earlier ignorance. These days, my tank is a 120-gallon (tall) with saltwater and freshwater pools, lots of climbing structures, and ten inches of sand—lots of space for them to dig tunnels and create safe molting caves. AND, I’m doing my best to learn how to breed them in captivity so that our pet hermits that we love don’t have to be captured and taken from the wild. Links to detailed record of my captive breeding attempts (by year) are below, followed by a running log from the current year.

Summer 2017 Breeding Attempt

Summer 2018 Breeding Success

Summer 2019 Breeding Success



2018 Stats:

240 baby hermits moved to shells on land.

206 survived the first molt.

180 have been successfully adopted out to brand new forever home.



I’m so very grateful to all those who contributed supplies, love, and support. ❤️❤️


2019 Stats (As of 11/14/19):

420 babies moved to land in shells from two summer spawns. Many still in the water searching for the perfect shell.

Baby #55 moving onto land.
If you would like to donate funds to help further the cause of sustainable, ethical, hermit crab husbandry, you can do so here:
Thank you!