Strawberry Hermit Crab - Easy Care Level - Exotic Pets
Strawberry crabs need to eat foods rich in carotene to maintain their brilliant red coloring. The best foods for keeping them bright and healthy are sun-dried baby shrimp, dried plankton, and color-enhancing fish food. Make sure they always have access to one of these foods. Strawberry crabs also need and love salt water! Especially right after you bring them home from the pet store. They will drink it for hours.
Molting. C. perlatus molts well in both moist sand and Forest Bedding, so the general molting method described on the Molting page works well for them. Strawberry crabs' molting habits are similar to those of the purple pincher or Ecuadorian crabs. They will dig under and molt and then come back up when they are ready.
Temperament. For all their beauty, strawberry crabs have gotten a bit of a reputation as "tank trashers." A group of active and determined strawberry crabs can totally destroy a well-ordered crabitat overnight! They will come out and visit with you if they choose to do so, which they usually do. The strawberry crab's temperament is friendly enough but it is not a "runs in all directions at once" sort of crab like the Ecuadorian. Strawberry crabs enjoy shell-shopping, so get them nice polished shells that show off their pretty red coloring. In the year that I have owned them, I have never heard any of my strawberry crabs chirp. So if you are looking for a hermit crab with a lot of personality, I suggest you begin with an Ecuadorian or a Ruggie. Strawberry hermit crabs are more often puchased for their looks rather than temperament, though I have met some very sweet strawberries.
Compatibility. I have been keeping my C. perlatuses in a crabitat along with my Ecuadorians and other exotic species. They get along well with all the species and their coloring does not make them a target for harassment. Keep an eye on the crabitat initially after introducing ANY new species, to make sure there is no trouble.
What does the Strawberry Hermit Crab look like?
The Strawberry Hermit Crab has to be the most attractive species within the land hermit crabs kept in captivity. Adults are a stunning bright red with small white pimples, giving them a strawberry appearance, hence their name. Juveniles tend to be a pale red to orange colour, as they moult, their red colouration becomes stronger. One easy way to ensure you have a Strawberry Hermit Crab is to check the eyes, they look like polished hematite. They also do not have as many hairs compared to other species of land hermit crabs.
We are unsure of their fully grown size, however, believe they should reach between 12-15cm if not larger. They have been known to live for around thirty years in captivity.
Where are Strawberry Hermit Crab from?
Strawberry Hermit Crabs are found living close to the shoreline of Indonesia, Malaysia, Madagascar, Japan and Australia. Most are collected from areas such as Indonesia and Madagascar.
How do you keep a Strawberry Hermit Crab?
This species is best kept in a large glass tank, this will help with humidity levels as explained later on.
They require plenty of space, provide a tank of at least 30inch in length for two to three medium/large sized Strawberry Hermit Crabs. A mixture of sand and soil is the best substrate, this should be at a depth of 3 inches. Strawberry Hermit Crabs love to climb,place plenty of climbing area in the enclosure ranging from rocks, jungle vines and logs.
A day time temperatures of 26-29C (80-85F) must be provided, night time temperatures should not go below 26C (80F). They enjoy to bask for five to fifteen minutes a day, therefore providing a basking lamp is essential. Ensure all basking bulbs or heat sources are connected to thermostats to prevent over heating the enclosure. The use of a heat mat on the side/back of the tank, can help with the humidity levels, ensure the heat mat is safe to use on glass tanks. You can also use a low percentage UV bulb or tube, Land Hermit Crabs respond well to this.
You must have two large water areas/dishes with a depth so that the Hermit Crab can fully submerge itself. One dish should have fresh clean de-chlorinated water, the other salt water. Regular spraying of de-chlorinated water will help keep the humidity levels up, you need to maintain this at around 80% day and night.
If you do not feed your Strawberry Hermit Crabs on foods rich in carotene, their bright red colouration will fade and after moults can turn white. To name a few foods they will take; bananas, broccoli, carrots, chicken, nuts and seeds, oranges, peanut butter, sardines, seaweed, shrimps, tomatoes, tuna and so on.
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Do you guys have them in stock and if you guys are located in Virginia is there any way I could drive to picked them up? I know how fragile these guys can be and I would so much better transporting them myself then stress them out by shipping them.
Hellos, Yes you can. Please email us and we will set up the coordination with one of our staff members.