How to Care for Crabs: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Care for Crabs: 12 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Care for Crabs: 12 Steps (with Pictures)
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Ever wanted to have a pet crab but don't really know how to take care of them? Or have you already bought one and want to know everything about them? This page will tell you everything you need to know about them, including animal care and information about them.

Steps

Look After Pet Crabs Step 1

Step 1. Fill the aquarium with about 0.5 to 1 cm (or more) of sand or coconut substrate

Look After Pet Crabs Step 2

Step 2. Put the crabs in the aquarium when you are at home

Look After Pet Crabs Step 3

Step 3. Fill two bowls with the feed and water

Do not use tap water; the water must be non-chlorinated.

Look After Pet Crabs Step 4

Step 4. Let them get used to the area for a while (choose a warm place and don't move them too much)

Look After Pet Crabs Step 5

Step 5. Gradually put more toys and rocks in the aquarium

Look After Pet Crabs Step 6

Step 6. Fill the bowl with water every day

Look After Pet Crabs Step 7

Step 7. Buy fish or meat to feed the crabs

They also like vegetables (organic, pesticide free) and even sandwiches!

Look After Pet Crabs Step 8

Step 8. Make a platform with sand, making it look like a beach

Look After Pet Crabs Step 9

Step 9. Crabs should be in the shade all day/night

Direct sunlight can be harmful to them.

Look After Pet Crabs Step 10

Step 10. Replenish the feed as needed

Look After Pet Crabs Step 11

Step 11. Change fresh food when it is spoiling

  • Once every 7-14 days, put a pinch of salt in a small, shallow saucer and fill with water.

Look After Pet Crabs Step 12

Step 12. Put the crabs on the side of the saucer and let them pass through the water

This keeps them clean and their gills moist.

Tips

  • Buy more than one crab. Two or three is ideal.
  • The hermit crab can drown. Do not put them in deep water!
  • These animals are great for children who are allergic or don't want to care for a large animal like a dog or cat.

Notices

  • Do not overfill with water, or crabs may drown.
  • Don't buy crabs if you have birds, as the former are a favorite of the latter!
  • Don't buy a plastic bowl for the crab as you won't be able to see it.

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