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General Hermy Shell Help?!

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  1. Applebee32

    Applebee32 Banned

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    Hi!
    I'm Amberrr. :)
    I'm new to this site and needed some general help.
    I have two hermit crabs (Orange and Jakey) (Orange,girl;Jake,Guy)
    Both of them are purple pinchers!
    (I thought one was equadorian but it was not!)
    So anyways how many shells do I need for them??
    And what size?
    (Orange is bigger than jake!)
    Thanks in advance!
    ~Amberrr.
     
  2. Mckenny

    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Hello and Welcome! :)
    I have at least 3 shells per crab for mine...one the same size as what the crab has on, and two more from an 1/8th inch opening to a 1/4th inch opening bigger. Of course the more crabs you have the more size and selections they'll have.

    They love to shop and try on shells, so if you have the room, the more the merrier. I've collected enough shells since I've been crabbing that every 2 or 3 weeks I change out the shells in the tank and put in another batch of shells. I clean up the shells that were in the tank and then they're ready to go back in the next time. Just a little variety. :)
     
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    That is cool! :)
    Right now I only have 2 shells.
    I gotta shop for some moreee. Or much more. =P
    And good idea for changing you're shells. =P
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    I have about 46 shells on average for my 13 hermit crabs. For two I would suggest about 6-8 shells. Some should be smaller, some the same size, but most bigger. I switch out my shells every week and have 4 buckets or rotations of them. Also, make sure your shells are not painted. The paint can chip off, the hermies can eat it and then they will get sick.:( You can find shells at your pet store but Naples sea shell company and Ebay are also good places to buy. I buy from naples because I need rather large shells for my rather large crabs but ebay your can get dozens for $10 or so includng shipping.
    Good luck and Welcome to HCRU!:)
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    Welcome! :) You should have at least 3 shells for each crab, but I need more, too. Since it's summer and no homework I'll go to Pet Goods soon for more shells! :)
     
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