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Hermit species

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:09 pm
by AJadams
I’ve had my hermits for about 2 months now and I love them, I do not know what species they are tho and I am looking to buy new shells for them I don’t know which opening they prefer. I bought them in a Florida gift shop (I didn’t know about the industry until after) can somebody help?

Re: Hermit species

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:40 pm
by JoeHermits
Most hermit crabs sold in the United States are purple pinchers, which often have purple or blue claws. They prefer round openings.


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Re: Hermit species

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:48 pm
by aussieJJDude
Welcome!

A picture can help us to help you to ID. But as above mentioned, most crabs in the US sold are PPs.

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Re: Hermit species

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:53 pm
by AJadams
Currently all three by some miracle are molting so I cannot get a picture but I know for a fact all three were in D openings

Re: Hermit species

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:49 am
by GotButterflies
Equadorians are also sold in the United States. Most of the crabs sold in beach shops are Purple Pinchers though. Usually they force the PPs into painted shells.

Re: Hermit species

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:07 pm
by AJadams
I actually found that out a while ago as well but one of mine actually transferred from his old shell that he had in the gift shop into another D opening shell that was in my tank