Hermit Crab Starter Kit

Hermit Crab Starter Kit with 2 Live Crabs
Hermit Crab Starter Kit With 2 Live Crabs Shipped with Kit

Hermit Crab Starter Kit with 2 Live Crabs
Hermit Crab Starter Kit With FREE Certificate

Hermit Crab Starter Kit with 2 Live Crabs
Hermit Crab Habitat After Set Up

Hermit Crab Starter Kit with 2 Live Crabs
Hermit Crab Habitat After Set Up (With Background)

Hermit Crab Starter Kit

Hermit Crab Starter Kit allows you to keep adorable purple pincher hermit crabs as your pets. The habitat kit comes with two live hermit crabs and a number of items that you’ll require to keep your hermit crabs happy and healthy, including toys for your crustacean pets.

This is a wonderful way to introduce children to the responsibilities of owning a pet and the fun that comes with it. Have fun learning about hermit crabs as you set up their habitat, take care of them, and connect with your cute little pets.

  • Everything you need is included in the kit – live purple pincher hermit crabs or certificate for purple pincher hermit crabs, 2-gallon (12″ x 7″ x 8″) crab habitat, extra shells, hermit crab food, water treatment solution, water mister, coconut fiber, cholla wood log, plastic palm tree, plastic plant, water clamshell with sponge, feeder clamshell, and instructions.
  • The habitat is a safe and healthy home for the hermit crabs, shipped directly to your home. Lids are an assortment of bright colors.
  • Your hermit crabs shells will be very pretty – they’ll arrive cleaned and polished.
  • Order your kit with live hermit crabs now OR receive your kit with a FREE certificate which you can redeem to get your hermit crabs at a later date.
  • You can order our hermit crab kits any time of year – even as a fun winter project!
  • LIVE ARRIVAL GUARANTEED! Please do not order if it’s below 40°F or above 85°F in your area. Our live arrival guarantee will be void if ordered during these temperatures.
Recommended for ages 4 years and up, with adult supervision
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD — Small parts. Not for children under 3 years



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Hermit Crab Starter Kit lets children keep cute purple pincher hermit crabs as pets. It is a wonderful way to teach kids about responsibility as they learn how to take care of their pets. Create a convenient home for your hermit crabs and keep them happy with the help of the included accessories.

Your Hermit Crab Starter Kit Will Contain

  • 2 purple pincher hermit crabs
  • 2-gallon crabitat (12 x 7 x 8 inches)
  • 2 extra shells
  • Hermit crab food
  • Water treatment solution
  • Water mister
  • Bag of coconut fiber
  • Exercise cholla wood log
  • Plastic palm tree
  • Plastic plant
  • Water clamshell with sponge
  • Feeder clamshell
  • Kit Instructions

An Educational Starter Pet Kit

Hermit crabs bring out raging excitement in kids because they are so unique and different from usual animals. As pets, hermit crabs can teach children about responsibility. Kids will learn how to take care of their pets, provide for them, and have fun with them. All these activities will make them appreciate life on earth and connect them with nature.

This starter kit will inspire curiosity in children about the diversity of life on earth and encourage them to explore the various forms of life on our planet. Instead of teaching kids about animals using bland text and images, you can help them learn about the natural world around them with the help of this hands-on kit. It’s a compact and inexpensive item with several useful accessories and easy instructions.

Setting Up A Convenient Crabitat

Purple pincher hermit crabs prefer to spend most of their life on land but they breathe through gills. A water mister has been provided to create a humid environment so that their gills remain damp.  The crabitat comes with a vented lid which allows a small draft of air inside the crabitat. Water treatment solution clears out the harmful chemicals from the water.

Molting is necessary for your hermit crabs to keep growing healthily. You can use the coconut fiber and extra, larger shells that have been provided to help your hermit crabs with molting. Your hermit crabs will bury themselves in the coconut fiber while molting. After they have finished molting, they will move into the larger shells. As your hermit crabs grow bigger, they will require bigger shells as well as a bigger crabitat.

Have Fun With Your Hermit Crabs

Hermit crabs are active pets who like to have fun, groom themselves, and prove their climbing skills. A cholla wood log has been provided for them to climb and exercise on. More climbing toys and crabitat centerpieces for hermit crabs are available at our online store.

You can provide them with their favorite food in the feeder clamshell to keep them healthy and happy. A sponge has been included to be used as a raft in the water clamshell by your hermit crabs, while they drink water or fill their shells with it. It also helps in increasing the humidity inside the crabitat by providing a larger surface area for water to evaporate.

11 reviews for Hermit Crab Starter Kit

  1. 4 out of 5

    The Hermit Crabs arrived before it said they would, and contained everything that was said in the description. It would be a 5/5 but one of the hermit crabs died shortly after arrival, but I emailed the store, and they sent out another one promptly and free.

  2. 5 out of 5

    I ordered this kit for a preschool classroom. It came very quickly and it was very complete. The hermit crabs were big with very nice shells. The children love it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    We are having so much fun with these hermiet crabs, just loads of fun!!!! Everything was shipped in a timely manner& just very pleased with this product !!!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Received this product in the mail this weekend and my son and I had a great time putting it together. We actually bought it for a birthday gift, but are now keeping this one and will be ordering a new one for the birthday. Live crabs are shipped, so must open package ASAP. There was one little missing item in the kit and I contacted the seller. Within hours, they had responded to me and fixed the issue. No questions asked, helpful and great attitude from the seller. I will be buying another one of these very soon! Fun project.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bought this for my nephew who turned 9 years old. He LOVED IT!!! Mom said it was the best present yet. One of the hermit crabs died within a week of arrival and they quickly realized this kit wasn’t sufficient to have a hermit crab long term. I knew then when I purchased it, but wanted to at least get the ball rolling. This kit is not meant to be a permanent home for a hermit crab. They wouldn’t make it long in it because it is so small and doesn’t have the right environment, but it is a good start. She ended up going and getting him an aquarium and a new hermit crab. So, it was a great gift that inspired a terrarium, which was the point for me getting it. I give it 4 stars because they loved the gift so much, but probably less stars because it wasn’t fully functional and one of the crabs died. It was still worth it though1

  6. 5 out of 5

    This kit was really great, came quick and my crabs were active and healthy. Came with an adorable little tank and a palm tree. Totally cute. They are way heartier than goldfish, and my daughter loves having her own crabs as opposed to a fish that just sits in a tank. Was a great gift, I’ll be recommending these unique pets to others!

  7. 4 out of 5

    On time! One of the crabs died days after the purcharse an they send another! The kids are happy so im very happy

  8. 5 out of 5

    Arrived safe and alive! Nice kit.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amazing customer service! I was sending this as a gift and accidentally submitted the order with my shipping address instead of the intended recipient. I emailed them and they were able to send the package to the correct address. Life saver! And shipping was super quick too!

    The tank did arrive cracked but I emailed them, they quickly responded and shipped out a replacement!

    The kids absolutely loved getting the gift in the mail. They sent me an ‘unboxing’ video, it came in cute wrapping and their faces were priceless! They already have names for everyone and are excited to watch them grow.

    Will definitely be ordering again! Thank you Nature Gift Store!

  10. 5 out of 5

    The Hermit Crabs came alive and happy. My kids have lots of fun playing with them and watching them its one of the most fun in quarantine!

  11. 5 out of 5

    just amazing!!!
    love this kit!!!

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