In your days of hermit crab care you will need Hermit Crab Shells for your pet, probably sooner rather than later. it may come after a molt or just a diva who feels the urge to change “clothes” daily.
When shopping shells, there are a few things to consider. Your crab will be very picky and since shells can be very expensive you should too. When choosing shells you need to consider a few things:
Size – try to find shells a little larger than the old one, but not too big.
Condition – clean, without chips, cracks or rough edges.
Type – most crabs try to go with the same type of shell as their old one and will often choose it over a new style.
Right or left tailed – look at your crabs shell. it will twist either to the left or right. Your crab’s tail twists the same way as shell it carries, and therefore needs new shells with the same twist.
Looks – your crab’s taste in shells may be very different from yours. The crab is probably thinking comfort, camo, and protection, not beauty. A note of caution here about painted shells. Crabs are scavengers and omnivores (they eat everything). Unfortunately, this means they will also pick the paint off the shells and eat it. Even if it says non-toxic, the paint has no nutritional value and takes up space in a very small stomach. Many of the natural shells can be just as pretty.
Enjoy your crabby day J