If you keep saltwater fish, crabs are likely to be some of your favorite species. They’re adorable and come in so many different shapes, sizes, and colors that they are almost impossible to get bored of. One type of crab that is commonly neglected but can make a fantastic pet if you give them the care they need is the Stareye Hermit Crab. Keep reading to find out more about why you should get a Stareye Hermit Crab as your next pet and how to care for one in your home.
What is a Stareye Hermit Crab?
A Stareye Hermit Crab is a species of hermit crab that tends to be slightly larger than other hermit crabs. They are commonly found in the Caribbean and are also called Blue Eyed Hermit Crabs. The reason they’re called “stareye” is actually because of the eye-like pattern on their legs. Hermit crabs are known for living in seashells to protect their soft, delicate abdomens and Stareye Hermit Crabs are no exception. They are nocturnal, which means they are more active at night and sleep during the day. As Stareye Hermit Crabs get older, they tend to get larger, so it’s important to provide them with a large enough shell to accommodate their larger size as they age. Although they look like a “smaller” species of hermit crab, they are just as active as other hermit crabs and should be provided with a large enough habitat to live comfortably. Stareye Hermit Crabs are omnivores and will eat both plant and animal matter in their diet. They prefer a varied diet that includes things like fish, shrimp, seaweed, and other vegetation.
Why You Should Care for a Stareye Hermit Crab
Hermit crabs are a common choice for a saltwater aquarium but they are often overlooked by people who keep freshwater aquariums. They are extremely low-maintenance and make great pets for both kids and adults. If you have a Stareye Hermit Crab in your home, you’ll have a constant source of entertainment as they scuttle around and explore their habitat. What’s more, Stareye Hermit Crabs are naturally curious and will often interact with you if you put your hand in their habitat. Hermit crabs are incredibly social and can be extremely affectionate with their owners. They are a very rewarding pet to keep and are incredibly low-maintenance.
What is the Environment Like for a Stareye Hermit Crab?
Stareye Hermit Crabs are nocturnal and love to be kept in a tank with plenty of hiding spots and places to climb. You can provide them with artificial plants and rocks and they will often sleep in these places during the day. It’s important to be careful when decorating your Stareye Hermit Crab’s tank as they will often climb and fall out of places, which can lead to injuries. Make sure that everything in their tank is stable and secure so it doesn’t fall on them or cause them any bodily harm. Stareye Hermit Crabs love to be kept in a tank with other crabs and should be kept in groups of two or more. They are social creatures and should not be kept alone. It’s important that you keep your crabs in a tank with a water depth of 12 inches (30 cm) or more. Hermit crabs love to climb and often climb up to the water surface, which can be dangerous if your tank is too shallow.
How to Care for a Stareye Hermit Crab
The care of a Stareye Hermit Crab is very similar to the care of other hermit crabs. The most important thing is to keep their water clean so they stay healthy and happy. To do this, you’ll need to clean out their tank every one to two weeks or as often as necessary, depending on the number of crabs you have and how many fish you have in your tank. Crabs love to eat plants, so you should provide them with live plants and make sure you keep them clean and free of algae. You can also feed your Stareye Hermit Crabs vegetables like lettuce and carrots and they love a variety of fish foods.
Is a Stareye Hermit Crab the Right Pet for You?
If you’re looking for an incredibly cute and low-maintenance pet, a Stareye Hermit Crab is for you. They are incredibly easy to care for and love to interact with their owners. Hermit crabs are very social creatures and thrive when kept in groups. Stareye Hermit Crabs are larger and more active than other species of hermit crabs and will need a larger tank and larger shells to accommodate their needs. If you’re thinking of getting a Stareye Hermit Crab, make sure you have the time and patience to care for a larger and more active crab and make sure to give them a large enough tank so they can live comfortably.
A Stareye Hermit Crab is a fantastic species of crab that is often neglected compared to other crabs. They are active, social, and love to climb and explore their surroundings. Stareye Hermit Crabs are also larger than other hermit crabs and will need a bigger tank and larger shells to accommodate their needs. They are very low maintenance and are a great pet for both kids and adults and will provide you with entertainment and affection. If you’re thinking of getting a Stareye Hermit Crab, make sure you have the time and patience to care for a larger and more active crab and make sure to give them a large enough tank so they can live comfortably.