Land hermit crabs

Land hermit crabs

Postby Chad Vossen » Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:58 pm

is there any information available on these guys? specifically conditioning to spawn and larva rearing.

my thought was to set up a half land half water cage useing crushed coral and old reef tank water. small filter circulating water.

only concern is if the hermit crabs can be subjected to full saltwater right away when brought home from the store.

im thinking ahead of myself, this isnt something i will attempt until i try my blue legged hermits. but if i can get info now, all the better.
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Postby mpedersen » Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:30 pm

Truly an interesting "side topic" as most folks in the general public (And many reefkeepers as well) never stop to think about these crabs as being related to the hermits we put in our reefs!

Of course, turns out there are multiple species of terrestrial hermit crabs, and who knows, it could be that one of them is rather easy to reproduce whereas anotherone is not (i.e. the various Peppermint Shrimps).

So I stumbled across this right away too - pretty easy to sex them!

And a nice little tidbit from Wikipedia on their reproduction -


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Postby Chad Vossen » Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:52 am

thank you for the links, i was looking at earlier today and also saw the sexing page. surely wont be easy to get that kind of view of the hermit crabs, i stared at two at work for 15 mins, they never came out of the shells... grr.

these may be difficult to get eggs from, as they would need access to the water when they are ready, whereas the water hermits live in this water. keeping that water clean would likely be the biggest issue, as the hermit will drag the bedding into the water. unless each night the crab was placed into a "spawning tank" that allows for the spawn, and is friendly towards the larva.

first i need to succeed with the reef hermits before i tackle this, hehe.
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Postby blaze88 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 4:47 am

Land Hermit crabs, land hermit crabs. I have kept these boogers for over 5 years and they still are complicated pets. I am trying to breed them and it turns out they are very difficult to breed in captivity. The australian crbs are the easiest to breed. Best of luck and if you live anywhere near colorado I would be happy to work together on breeding land hermit crabs.

Yes I know his post is 3 months old but I had to say something.
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Re: Land hermit crabs

Postby MadWorld » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:08 pm

Some information on Land Hermit Crabs, specifically COENOBITA CLYPEATUS Species. ... -a/152.htm
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