Hi, I have been interested in hermit crabs for a while, and have been reading up on here a lot. Everyone is so knowledgeable and helpful! I have been in the process of setting up a 10 gallon tank and yesterday I went to find some finishing touches... and got 3 hermies (all pp's)! I meant to wait untill everything was in order. I meant to just see what it was like to hold one, see what they had availible, and come back later to buy them. But I lost control, I wanted little ones, but most of the ones they had were golfball sized and up. I saw one small one on the netting, when they got it for me it went in it's shell and wouldn't come out, but I ended up getting it anyway, I also got one of the medium ones because he was so colorful-a rich purple/red and active and he croaked at me once when I picked him up! The last one I got I actually thought was just a shell untill I tried to move it (there were a bunch in a heap!) and then she stuck her legs out wanting down, this one is small too, but in a murex shell so she looks bigger. For some reason I want to call the 2 smaller ones girls and the big one a boy... even though I have no reason to think that On the drive the 2 bigger ones were active in the box and the little one stayed in her shell the whole time. Same thing in the tank, the big guy checked out the new pad, the murex girl followed him to his hiding spot in the back, while the little one stayed firmly locked up. I had to go to work after I got them settled, and when I came home I got to see some activity from all of them, I placed a shell near the big guy in case he hadn't noticed them (he was in a painted one) and he immediately started checking it out! Once he changed I wanted to get the paint off his old one, figuring he might still want it, but wanting to make it nicer... he didn't want to let it go! I felt bad, but I took it away and (using the instructions from a post here) cleaned it off. When I put it back in he changed back into it, though he spent a long time thinking about it. Then he changed back out of it, and then he changed into a different new shell! He went back and forth between the 2 new ones and was still shopping when I went to bed! The girl in the murex shell just ate and ate, both some commercial food and a little bit of apple. That is almost all she did untill I went to sleep. And the little one finally came out! Although it was only to go hide in the hut Later I saw her near the entrance, slowly snipping off little pieces of it and eating them! (It is a "snack shack" designed for rodents, with alfalfa and honey). She is really cute with tiny little eyes, and she's pale, with a flush of red on her foreleg and a lavender claw. Anyway, I am off to the store to do some shell shopping for them! Thanks for all the info I have learned from here, rather than having to learn from my own mistakes! I am sure the hermies thank you too!!!