I have been doing some research at the Crab Street Journal and Coenobita.org about exercise for crabs. Apparently, the research shows that crabs need generous amounts of exercise in order to grow properly and live to their fullest potential. Of course, in the wild, crabs travel a mile or three every night, searching for food. Now, obviously, even in the largest and best decorated crabitat, there is not nearly this potential for exercise. My question, then, is this: Do you think it would be beneficial to give the crabs a nightly exercise time? I am very interested in this question, and have even tried a small experiment. Most of my crabs are down molting right now, but my largest crab has been up and about—before my experiment, I rarely saw her exploring, but mostly just sitting in her hidey. So I decided to see how she liked exercising out of the tank. I took her into the bathroom with me while I was taking a shower, set her on the floor, and let her roam around in the bathroom. After my shower, since the room was still steamy and hot, I pulled the door shut and left her in there for about 20 minutes. When I came back, she had climbed to the very top of my towel rack. This happened three times in a row, and I always found her at the highest point she could get to. I also noticed that during this time, she became more active in the tank. Each morning, I would find her at the top of a different climbing toy. I also noticed that she was eating more during this time. My experiment was cut short, because she dug down, I assume for a molt. She’s about due for one. So anyone, I would appreciate everyone’s thoughts on the benefits/problems with this type of approach. What would be the possible pros and cons? Do you think larger amounts of exercise would promote better health and growth?