I'm a newbie to Hermit Crabs

Please post here if you are a new crab owner and someone will be along shortly to welcome you to the HCA! This is also the place to welcome new crabbies to your clan!
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Angela.Farris
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I'm a newbie to Hermit Crabs

Post by Angela.Farris » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:40 pm

I inherited 3 hermit crabs when my exchange student left for college. I don't know much about them, but am learning through this post/threads. I just don't know why my crabs don't come out at all during the day. I have yet to handle them too much and when they do see me, they scurry away. Does it take a while for them to get used to you?

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Re: I'm a newbie to Hermit Crabs

Post by curlysister » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:57 pm

Welcome to crabbing! Hermit crabs are nocturnal creatures, so will be more active at night. They see us as prey, that's why they scurry away. Most of us take a hands-off approach, and don't handle our crabs. They don't have the capacity to 'bond' or to be a pet like a cat or a dog. Some will naturally not be as shy as others. My Sonny doesn't mind my watching him or being near the tank, while my Cher will go to a hide if I am too close to the tank.
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." -Will Rogers

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Re: I'm a newbie to Hermit Crabs

Post by Hermiesguardian » Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:05 pm

Actually curlysister meant that they are prey animals and they see us as predators.
raising son's dog, Dante. Husky/hound.
Raising daughter's hermit crabs, Shelder, Paras and Derek. Added 2 more of my own (of course) Pete and Stryper. Former mommy to 2 guinea pigs and beloved cat, Nissi

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Re: I'm a newbie to Hermit Crabs

Post by curlysister » Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:06 pm

Bahaha! Yes. Yes, that's exactly what I meant!
Sorry for the typo!
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Re: I'm a newbie to Hermit Crabs

Post by Angela.Farris » Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:59 pm

Thanks. I guess, as a dog lover, that I am always looking for that bond! But, this will work.

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