Hermit Crabs (Complete Pet Owner’s Manuals) [Fox, Sue] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Hermit Crabs.
We purchased 2 hermit crabs on vacation. Honestly I had no idea of their true habitat needs. Once I learned this I immediately began a quest to find out how best to care for our new pets. I had high hopes for this book based on the reviews. While waiting for it to arrive I began reading articles online by hermit crab associations and new/current studies. When I received the book yesterday I was SO disappointed. The information is greatly outdated and seems to align with the commercialization of the hermit crab industry. It states aquarium gravel is an appropriate substrate, which is very wrong. Gravel holds no moisture and can damage the crabs during their molting process. It also condones the use of painted shells which is widely known to be toxic to the crabs. It did contain wonderful photos, however, not one photo had any text attached to it- so I didn’t know what I was supposed to be viewing or noticing in the photo. It talked about the 2 main types of hermit crabs sold: purple pinchers and Ecuadorean, but did not decipher the two in a photo for me to view the difference. The book did give a thorough description of the scientific topics of where a hermit crab comes from and species, genius etc. But really lacked in the area properly caring for your crabs. I found better and more current care information online.