Hermit Crab Food

Having the right hermit crab food is crucial to their health. As hermit crabs are omnivores, meaning they eat and require a varied diet. You can find a hermit crab food is a variety of types such as pellets, flakes, treats and holiday feeders.

Hermit Crab Food FAQ's

What do hermit crabs eat?

Hermit crabs are omnivores, meaning they eat and require a varied diet. We stock ready-made hermit crab food, but you can also provide them with a side of fresh fruit and vegetables. You can also provide them with the occasional protein source such as cooked fish, shrimp or mealworms. Always make sure you remove any uneaten food promptly to prevent any food spoilage, bad bacteria and smells inside their enclosure.

What types of commercial hermit crab food are available?

We stock multiple different types of ready-made hermit crab foods, including pellets, wafers, flakes and a fruit mix. All are a perfect food source for your hermit crabs, but remember you can also give them a bit of variety by providing fresh fruit and vegetables.

Can I feed my hermit crab regular fish food?

We do not recommend feeding your hermit crabs regular fish food. This is because it is not specifically formulated for hermit crabs, and lacks the nutritional values they require. We recommend purchasing one of the many great hermit crab specific foods we stock.

How often should I feed my hermit crab?

We recommend giving your hermit crabs access to fresh food at all times. You can offer them a small amount daily in their food bowls, and remove any uneaten food within 24 hours to prevent any spoilage and bad bacteria growth. This also maintains the cleanliness of your hermit crabs enclosure.

What types of fruits and vegetables can I feed my hermit crab?

Hermit crabs can enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables, including apples, bananas, grapes, berries, carrots, cucumbers, spinach, and kale. Offer a mix of different options to provide a balanced diet.

Can I feed my hermit crab meat or seafood?

Yes, hermit crabs can have occasional protein sources such as cooked fish, shrimp, or mealworms. These can be offered as treats in moderation.

Do hermit crabs require calcium in their diet?

Yes, calcium is important for hermit crabs' health and shell development. You can provide a calcium supplement, such as cuttle bone or crushed eggshells, for them to nibble on. We also stock a hermit crab mineral block, which can be placed in their enclosure for them to freely nibble on as they feel they require additional vitamins and minerals.


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About Hermit Crabs Diet

Hermit crabs are scavengers in the wild. As such, they can live on just about anything they are given to eat. This doesn’t mean that you should just feed them just anything, though. Like all animals, they need the right nutrients if they are to be as healthy as possible. Specially formulated hermit crab foods are created from a mix of ingredients from fish to vegetables to help provide the balanced diet that they need. Two of the key ingredients for Hermit crabs are calcium and anti-oxidants. The calcium is essential for a healthy exoskeleton, just like we need it for healthy teeth and bones. Carotene found in vegetables are important to help the crabs maintain a healthy colour. Foods that contain ethoxyquin or copper sulphate should be avoided.

Hermit crabs do not need a lot of food. Be sure not to overfeed them to help ensure their environment is kept clean and hygienic. You can also buy mineral blocks which help to keep your crabs in good health, while also providing them with what they need to help them moult. In addition, most hermit crabs are marine creatures, so it is important that they have access to salt water for bathing. It is necessary to have the right type of salt for this, and table salt is not suitable.

All in all, Hermit crabs are fairly easy to cater for where nutrition is concerned. Just make sure you provide them with the basics at least, and they should live healthy and happy lives.

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