Home > Caresheets, Guides and FAQs
Hermit Crab Association
Looking for the main forum? Click here.
Do you need to find a new home for your hermit crab? Visit HCA Adoptions for help.
Do you want to adopt a hermit crab? Read the Adoption Guidelines.
Having trouble finding hermit crab supplies, such as shells and safe foods? See our online Shopping Resources.
The official Hermit Crab Association Facebook Page.
The official HCA Group Discussion Page on Facebook.
If you are experiencing an emergency with your hermit crab(s), please take a few moments to register an account, and then create a new topic in the Emergency Forum. Our members will be able to help you more quickly if you include the answers to the questions located on the help request template.
Hermit Crab Care Sheet
New to hermit crabs, or wanting to learn more about their proper care? The basics can be found here:
The Hermit Crab Association's Official Care Sheet.
Guides and Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and in-depth guides on the different aspects of hermit crab care. If you cannot find the answer to your question or if you have questions about any of the links below, please create a new topic in the appropriate forum section. If you are not sure where your question best fits, please use the Miscellaneous Forum.
Tank Size, Crab Size & How Many Can You Have
Safe Substrates, and Why It Needs to Be Deep
Lights for Heating, Viewing, and about UVB
Shells - Favorite Shells, Shells to Avoid and Identification
Humidity - Importance, Creating and Maintaining
Calibrating a Hygrometer
Food and Water
All About Water - Why to Use a Dechlorinator & How to Mix Saltwater
Why Store Bought Foods May Not Be A Good Choice
Hermit Crab Nutrition by Kilimajaro
List of Safe Foods
List of Unsafe and Unpopular Foods
My Hermit Crab Isn't Eating or Drinking!
Post Purchase Syndrome, or Why Is My New Crab Sick?
Mites - The Good, the Bad, and What to Do
What to Do When a Crab Is Attacked
All About Molting
Is My Hermit Crab Molting or Dying?
What's that Bug in the Crabitat?
Isopod Care, Breeding, Application, and I.D.
Captive Breeding Information and Resources
Determining the Gender of Your Hermit Crab
Species Specific Care Information
While all land hermit crabs have similar care requirements, each species is slightly different.
Photos of species that are kept in captivity can be found on the Side-by-Side Image of All Species page. (Please note that this is an old resource that we are currently working on updating.) If you do not know what species your hermit crab is, or if you still aren't completely sure, please take photos of the eyes and also of the claw when the crab is closed into the shell and create a topic in the Pictures Forum. Our members will identify your hermit crab.
You may need to be registered and logged in to your account to access these pages.
::: ©2015 The Hermit Crab Association ::: Updates can be submitted to any staff member :::