- Oct 7, 2015
So I'm considering some sort of hermit crab at the moment as they seem pretty cool actually. they stridulate to communicate with each other, dig burrows on land yet also dive underwater and climb trees, utilize a shell made by another animal for protection and even have a modified claw that acts like a snails operculum. So I've done plenty of research on care and would like to get 2 small ones and set up a my spare ten gallon. I plan to fill it with 8 inches of sand and eco earth mixed and use a top with low ventilation for humidity, provide fresh and salt water dishes they can submerge in, some climbing space, plenty of shells and I would be able to maintain temps at 78 where I'm putting the tank. I would feed a very varied diet of safe foods and provide a cuttlebone for calcium. I'm just curious if anyone knows if they will live a long lifespan like 20 years or so in an ideal setup as the big individuals in the wild are 20 plus years old but most In captivity most don't reach that. I would feel bad if mine doesn't live to it's full potential age just because it's in captivity. On a side note If you have any recommendations for things to add to my care I'd appreciate it. Also I'm still unsure which species to pick they all seem quite cool so feel free to voice your opinions on that too!