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Hermit crabs are often seen as a "throwaway pet" that would live only a few months, but species such as ''Coenobita clypeatus'' have a 23-year lifespan if properly treated,<ref>{{Cite document | first = Pet Smart Veterinarians | title = Land Hermit Crab Care Guide | publisher = Pet Smart | year =2006 | url = http://www.petsmart.com/uc/petarticles_db.jsp?ucCategory=CARE&ucTopic=FISH&ucSubTopic=CARE&ucSubTopic2=&ucContent=/articles/content/fish/care/hermit-crab/HermitCrabs.html | archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20110611083925/http://www.petsmart.com/uc/petarticles_db.jsp?ucCategory=CARE&ucTopic=FISH&ucSubTopic=CARE&ucSubTopic2=&ucContent=/articles/content/fish/care/hermit-crab/HermitCrabs.html | archivedate = 2011-06-11}}</ref> and some have lived longer than 32 years.<!--{{cite news |author=Linda Lombardi |title=Hermit crabs can be fun, long-lasting pets |agency=Associated Press |newspaper=[[The Olympian]] |year=2008 |url=http://www.theolympian.com/living/story/519995.html |accessdate=October 2008}}{{dead link|date=November 2012}}--><ref>{{cite news |author=Linda Lombardi |title=Hermit crabs don’t have to fade away; with proper care they can have long life | publisher = The Associated Press |newspaper=[[Amherst Daily News]] |date=July 22, 2008 |url=http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=155348&sc=510 |accessdate=July 2009}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |author=Stacy |title=How old is my hermit crab? |publisher=The Crabstreet Journal |date=February 21, 2013 |url=http://crabstreetjournal.org/wp/blog/2013/02/21/how-old-is-my-hermit-crab/ |accessdate=April 28, 2013}}</ref>
 
Hermit crabs are often seen as a "throwaway pet" that would live only a few months, but species such as ''Coenobita clypeatus'' have a 23-year lifespan if properly treated,<ref>{{Cite document | first = Pet Smart Veterinarians | title = Land Hermit Crab Care Guide | publisher = Pet Smart | year =2006 | url = http://www.petsmart.com/uc/petarticles_db.jsp?ucCategory=CARE&ucTopic=FISH&ucSubTopic=CARE&ucSubTopic2=&ucContent=/articles/content/fish/care/hermit-crab/HermitCrabs.html | archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20110611083925/http://www.petsmart.com/uc/petarticles_db.jsp?ucCategory=CARE&ucTopic=FISH&ucSubTopic=CARE&ucSubTopic2=&ucContent=/articles/content/fish/care/hermit-crab/HermitCrabs.html | archivedate = 2011-06-11}}</ref> and some have lived longer than 32 years.<!--{{cite news |author=Linda Lombardi |title=Hermit crabs can be fun, long-lasting pets |agency=Associated Press |newspaper=[[The Olympian]] |year=2008 |url=http://www.theolympian.com/living/story/519995.html |accessdate=October 2008}}{{dead link|date=November 2012}}--><ref>{{cite news |author=Linda Lombardi |title=Hermit crabs don’t have to fade away; with proper care they can have long life | publisher = The Associated Press |newspaper=[[Amherst Daily News]] |date=July 22, 2008 |url=http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=155348&sc=510 |accessdate=July 2009}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |author=Stacy |title=How old is my hermit crab? |publisher=The Crabstreet Journal |date=February 21, 2013 |url=http://crabstreetjournal.org/wp/blog/2013/02/21/how-old-is-my-hermit-crab/ |accessdate=April 28, 2013}}</ref>
   
In general, and despite their [[moniker]], hermit crabs are social animals that do best in groups.<ref>{{cite web |author=Christa Wilkin |title=Basic crab care |year=2004 |url=http://www.hermit-crabs.com/care.html |accessdate=August 2008}}</ref> In the wild they can be found in colonies of a hundred or more. Therefore, many sellers encourage the purchase of more than one crab.<ref>{{cite web |author=Tammy Weick |title=The Hermit Crab Patch |year=2010 |url=http://www.hermitcrabpatch.com/Hermit-Crab-Friends-a/150.htm |accessdate= November 2010}}</ref> They also require a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment, and adequate substrate that is deep enough to allow them to completely bury themselves while [[ecdysis|moulting]]. Crabs molt in order to grow. Because their exoskeletons are not expandable, the crab must split the old one, crawl out, and grow a new one. While the new exoskeleton grows, the crab must find a place to protect itself. Once hunkered down in a safe place, the crab preserves energy to do the hard biological work of developing an entirely new cuticle.<ref>Pavia, Audrey. Hermit Crab. Hoboken, NJ: Howell Book House, 2006. Print.</ref>
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In general, and despite their [[moniker]], hermit crabs are social animals that do best in groups.<ref>{{cite web |author=Christa Wilkin |title=Basic crab care |year=2004 |url=http://www.hermit-crabs.com/care.html |accessdate=August 2008}}</ref> In the wild they can be found in colonies of a hundred or more. Therefore, many sellers encourage the purchase of more than one crab.<ref>{{cite web |author=Tammy Weick |title=The Hermit Crab Patch |year=2010 |url=http://www.hermitcrabpatch.com/Hermit-Crab-Friends-a/150.htm |accessdate= November 2010}}</ref> They also require a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment, and adequate substrate that is deep enough to allow them to completely bury themselves while [[ecdysis|moulting]]. Crabs molt in order to grow. Because their exoskeletons are not expandable, the crab must split the old one, crawl out, and grow a new one. While the new exoskeleton grows, the crab must find a place to protect itself. Once hunkered down in a safe place, the crab preserves energy to do the hard biological work of developing an entirely new cuticle.<ref>Frischmann, Carol. Hermit Crabs. Neptune City, NJ: T.F.H. Publications, 2011. Print.</ref>
   
Signs a hermit crab is preparing to molt are Increased water intake, digging, increased appetite, lethargy, gel limbs, and development of a pericardial sac.<ref>Pavia, Audrey. Hermit Crab. Hoboken, NJ: Howell Book House, 2006. Print.</ref> a pericardial sac is located near the abdomen and
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Signs a hermit crab is preparing to molt are Increased water intake, digging, increased appetite, lethargy, gel limbs, and development of a pericardial sac.<ref>Frischmann, Carol. Hermit Crabs. Neptune City, NJ: T.F.H. Publications, 2011. Print.</ref> a pericardial sac is located near the abdomen and fills with food while the hermit crab is preparing for a molt
   
   
If you are planning to isolate the crab (which is recommended) you will need a couple of things 1) A small aquarium or tank- 2-5 gallons would be sufficient since it will be temporary. 2) A heating element- a small under tank heater to keep the tank warm or at a constant temperature anywhere from 76-82 degrees. 3) Deep substrate- molting crabs like to bury themselves to be protected. 6 inches or more is a sufficient amount. 4) Water dishes- include 2 shallow dishes one for salt water and one for fresh. 5) Food dish. 6) Hiding place besides the substrate<ref>Pavia, Audrey. Hermit Crab. Hoboken, NJ: Howell Book House, 2006. Print.</ref>
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If you are planning to isolate the crab (which is recommended) you will need a couple of things 1) A small aquarium or tank- 2-5 gallons would be sufficient since it will be temporary. 2) A heating element- a small under tank heater to keep the tank warm or at a constant temperature anywhere from 76-82 degrees. 3) Deep substrate- molting crabs like to bury themselves to be protected. 6 inches or more is a sufficient amount. 4) Water dishes- include 2 shallow dishes one for salt water and one for fresh. 5) Food dish. 6) Hiding place besides the substrate<ref>Frischmann, Carol. Hermit Crabs. Neptune City, NJ: T.F.H. Publications, 2011. Print.</ref>
   
While the hermit crab is in mid molt there will be no movement and may have dull eyes and/or dull exoskeleton. They may have tangled antennae's and will then discard their old exoskeleton.<ref>Pavia, Audrey. Hermit Crab. Hoboken, NJ: Howell Book House, 2006. Print.</ref>
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While the hermit crab is in mid molt there will be no movement and may have dull eyes and/or dull exoskeleton. They may have tangled antennae's and will then discard their old exoskeleton.<ref>Frischmann, Carol. Hermit Crabs. Neptune City, NJ: T.F.H. Publications, 2011. Print.</ref>
   
When the hermit crab is finished molting, it is best to keep them separated for a week at least. They need to build their strength and their new exoskeleton may still be weak. If put back right away they may not be able to defend themselves from other hermit crabs if something were to happen.<ref>Pavia, Audrey. Hermit Crab. Hoboken, NJ: Howell Book House, 2006. Print.</ref>
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When the hermit crab is finished molting, it is best to keep them separated for a week at least. They need to build their strength and their new exoskeleton may still be weak. If put back right away they may not be able to defend themselves from other hermit crabs if something were to happen.<ref>Frischmann, Carol. Hermit Crabs. Neptune City, NJ: T.F.H. Publications, 2011. Print.</ref>
   
 
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