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DIY Hermit Crab Habitat

Use plastic containers to make a habitat for your hermit crabs! Remove the lid from a plastic storage bin and fill one side with sand and the other side with soil. Hang plastic baskets on the walls with zip ties, use suction cups to hang pieces of a net around the walls for your crabs to climb and consider attaching a hamster wheel to the wall of the cage for your crab to exercise. Fill small plastic containers with rocks or sea shells, bury the base of the containers in the substrate and fill one pool with fresh water and the other with salt water. Make a natural hide by cutting a hole out of the side of a plastic bowl, painting the bowl with glue and rolling the bowl in sand or gravel. Regularly moisten the soil, fill the baskets with sea shells or a moss garden, add plants and other decorations to your homemade hermit crab habitat and place a thermometer in the cage to monitor the temperature for your pets.

Comments: 4

  1. Amanda
    2014/08/01 @ 6:22pm #

    What do you do for the lid on this? I can’t believe I never thought of using a plastic tub! This is great!

    • ArfMeow
      2014/11/16 @ 5:07am #

      You can use the lid that comes with the plastic container; just drill or poke lots of holes in the lid to allow for ventilation. If you live in a very humid environment like Florida, you can leave the lid off the container as long as the crabs are unable to climb to the top of the container.

  2. Skylar
    2014/11/16 @ 1:06am #

    What is a good size? Which size did you use?

    • ArfMeow
      2014/11/16 @ 5:02am #

      How much space you need depends on the size and number of crabs that you have. If you have two small hermit crabs, you heed at least a ten gallon habitat with at least 5-6 inches of substrate depth. (Ten gallons is the size of the most common glass aquariums.) However, it is always nice to get them the biggest environment possible; hermit crabs love to roam and climb.
      Source: Hermit Crab Association – Crabitat: Tank Size, Crab Size & How Many Can You Have?

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