100+ Great Ideas for Hermit Crab Names (From Bubbles to Wave)

Updated on May 23, 2019
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Hermit crabs can make great pets. They are much lower-maintenance than a cat or a dog and, unlike a fish, you can play with them and don't need to worry about things like the pH level of the water. Once the initial setup is out of the way, hermit crabs are cheap to look after, too!

The hardest thing is finding the perfect name. Here are a bunch to choose from!

Cool Names for Your Pet Hermit Crab

  • Bubbles
  • Captain Hook
  • Clawdia
  • Coral or Coraline
  • Coconut
  • Groucho
  • Homer
  • Jacques
  • Jaws
  • Krusty
  • Moe
  • Oscar
  • Pearl
  • Puddle
  • Sashimi
  • Scuttle
  • Seychelles
  • Sushi

Cute Hermit Crab Name Ideas

 
 
 
Scuttle
Squirt
Squeezy
Poops
Pinchy
Jabby
Stabby
Little Creep
Sideways
Hors d'oeuvre
Snip
Mouthfull
Dwebble
Pokemon
Kraken

Famous Crab Names

If it strikes your fancy, you could name your crab after a famous one. I honestly couldn't think of very many, so if you can think of others, leave a comment below!

  • Mr. Krabs from Spongebob Squarepants
  • Sebastian from The Little Mermaid
  • Cancer, after the star sign and constellation
  • Tamatoa, the giant crab from Moana
  • Ms. Krabapel (okay, she's not a crab in the literal sense of the word. But she's got the word 'crab' in her name and being Bart Simpson's teacher has made her very well-known. And she's crabby. So she's on the list!)

Sea-Themed Hermit Crab Names

 
 
 
Starla
Shell-by
Shell-don
Shelly
Crabby
Salty
Scrab (sea crab)
Rocky
Anemone
Fish-ish
Jaws
Claws
Sushi
Sea-more
Sand
Sandy
Gill
Wave
Make sure to choose a name that fits your hermit crab's personality.
Make sure to choose a name that fits your hermit crab's personality. | Source

Crabby Names for Your Hermit Crab

  • Cantankerous
  • Churl
  • Crabby
  • Gordon Ramsey
  • Groucho
  • Grumpy
  • Huffy
  • Kvetch
  • Mumpish
  • Peeves
  • Prickle
  • Snappy
  • Sulky
  • Surly
  • Tetchy

Popular Hermit Crab Names

 
 
 
Bob
Bruce
Rover
Henry
Molly
Pincer
Scuttle
Bait
Bubbles
Kirby
Abby
Gabby

Hermit Crab Translated

For an unoriginal name that sounds original, why not translate the word "hermit" or the word "crab" into different languages? Play around with Google translate until you find a translation you like. I've translated it into some languages for you already, which you can find below.

'Hermit' in Different Languages
'Crab' in Different Languages:
Eremita (Italian)
Granchio (Italian)
Ermitano (Spanish)
Cangrejo (Spanish)
Pertapa (Indonesian)
Krabba (Swedish)
Pustelnik (Polish)
Krebs (German)

Hermit Crab Name Ideas That Play on the Term "Hermit Crab"

 
 
 
Hermit
Hermione
Hermann
Herbert
Crabby
Craberella

How Long Will a Pet Hermit Crab Live?

  • In the wild, in its natural habitat, they can live up to 30 years.
  • In captivity, no matter how comfortable you make them, they will have a much shorter life, typically about two years. Depending on food, care, and environmental factors, they could live anywhere from less than a year to up to 20 years in the best circumstances.
  • The oldest hermit crab on record belongs to Carol Ann Ormes in Florida, US. Jonathan Livingston Crab is almost 40 years old. Carol Ann Ormes created a roomy, humid tank for him but also lets him roam wherever he wants.

Do Hermit Crabs Need Water?

Hermit crabs use water for drinking, bathing, and replenishing the moisture levels in their shells. But don't plop a hermit crab in a tank: Simply provide deep bowls of both fresh and salt water and let the hermit crab decide what it needs.

Can Water Hurt a Hermit Crab?

The chlorine in tap water can be harmful to hermit crabs, so if your tap water is harsh, consider using bottled water.

Can Hermit Crabs Swim?

Not really, although land hermit crabs can go underwater without drowning. They do want to submerge under the water, but they need to be able to crawl out when they're done. Make sure your bowls have tilted sides so they can crawl in and out when they want to.

How Do You Know If a Hermit Crab Is a Boy or a Girl?

It's very hard to know for sure what the gender of a hermit crab is. Some say that hermit crabs might even be able to change their gender during their lifetimes. Even experts have a hard time figuring this out, but below, you'll find some possible clues. (Note: Never force a crab out of its shell, even if you just want to examine their body to determine the gender. It's not nice.)

  • Some say that on a large, older crab you can look at the legs to determine gender. The female will have smoother legs, while the male's will be hairy or spiny.
  • The female land hermit crab has tiny openings (called "gonopores") that may or may not be visible on the first section of the back pair of her walking legs.
  • The good news is that even though you'll probably never know for sure what the gender of your hermit crab is, they do not breed in captivity, so you don't have to worry about waking up one day to find a litter of newly-hatched baby hermit crabs.

It's very difficult to determine a hermit crab's gender. You'll probably have to guess.
It's very difficult to determine a hermit crab's gender. You'll probably have to guess. | Source

Taking Care of Your New Hermit Crab

What do hermit crabs need?

  • Warmth. Hermit crabs are sensitive to the cold.
  • Fresh water. (For drinking.) This should be changed regularly.
  • Salt water. To clean them, bathe them in a very small amount of salt water. They should be able to climb out, which they will do almost immediately.

© 2013 Kristy Callan

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      Kaya 

      2 days ago

      There is 2 dots on there belly if there are 2 dots there a girl if not a boy

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      Easton 

      9 days ago

      How do you know if your hermit crab is a boy or a girl

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      No u 

      9 days ago

      hermit crabs r weird

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      me 

      4 weeks ago

      helllo

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      Daddy harder 

      5 weeks ago

      How do I know if my hermit crab is a boy or girl

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      katy 

      6 weeks ago

      your the best

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      123 

      6 weeks ago

      i named my hermit crab coco as a girl rooky as a boy thankyou 123

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      katy 

      6 weeks ago

      thankyou

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      Marlen 

      7 weeks ago

      Today February 13, 2020 I went to the beach and found two beautiful shells but I didn’t bother to take a look I get home to find out the 2 shells have crabs in them

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      Isabel19 

      2 months ago

      This helped so much!!

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      hermie crab 

      2 months ago

      these are great names thank you!!!!!(: mine is going to be ariel or coconut

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      Anonymous 

      4 months ago

      If you have multiple sizes of crabs, you can always place pebbles or a sponge in your water bowls. This ensures that the biggest crabs have enough water, and that the smallest crabs don't risk drowning.

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      Anonymous 

      4 months ago

      Please be aware that land hermit crabs cannot breathe underwater and can easily drown. Hermit crabs do like to keep a supply of water in their shells, though, and will sit in their water bowls to replenish it. It's a good idea to make sure your water levels aren't higher than your crabs.

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      Hailey Dykstra 

      4 months ago

      Mines name is going to me shebeo.. ( she-be-o)

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      Rick 

      4 months ago

      My names are bubbles and claws

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      Cherrypepsi11001 

      4 months ago

      Thank you i found the perfect name squishy

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      Sebastian 

      4 months ago

      Sebastian

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      emclark3 

      5 months ago

      My boyfriend and I named ours Trinidad and Tobago

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      puffywuffy 

      5 months ago

      hey my hermit crab's name is puff. And do you have to bye salt water or can you put salt in water and call it a day i got him yesterday?.

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      Taylor 

      5 months ago

      I love the names shellby and sebastian for hermit crabs or molly and gill from bubble guppies

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      Keyara 

      5 months ago

      I love the name crabby it reminds me of myself when getting out of bed in the morning!

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      Jeff 

      5 months ago

      I love the name sashimi and and leoanardo Dapinchi on the list! It is HILARIOUS!

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      Lilly 

      6 months ago

      i like scrab

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      Lilly 

      6 months ago

      what should i name my boy or girl hermit crab?i would like it to be funny but not bad words!,

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      Macey 

      6 months ago

      What should I name my female hermit crab? I want it to match with the name Shelldon

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      Posie Shimko 

      7 months ago

      I love all of the creative names

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      Mic double 

      7 months ago

      Kermit the crab here

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      8 months ago

      I was thinking coral but they can have kids without a boy?!

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      Fuck boy 

      8 months ago

      I’m hella high so...

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      Leonardo DaPinchy 

      8 months ago

      I love hermit crabs

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      Jacob 

      8 months ago

      Love d m crabs

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      Katy 

      8 months ago

      I love hermit crabs

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      khloe 

      8 months ago

      i love hermit crabs

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      Maddison 

      8 months ago

      I love hermit crabs

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      Jaymee Spears 

      8 months ago

      If y’all ever heard of the rapper young pinch and y’all like him think about the name young pinchi

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      SavannahBell 

      8 months ago

      Thank you (Princess) for explaining how to tell the gender!!! I wasn’t sure how to.

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      Sam 

      8 months ago

      We go on vacation to the same place every year, but this year me and my sister want a hermit crab. I’ve been thinking of names, and I’m thinking of scuttle! What do you think?!?

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      Izzy 

      9 months ago

      I just got one but I had a hermit crab named Pinchiella!

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      LOL 

      9 months ago

      Anyone know a good name for a Hermit crab?

      I was thinking Shellyor Coral.

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      ... 

      9 months ago

      ya'll playin the best name is obviously Gordan Ramsey like whoever name they crab Hermie need to expand they horizons

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      Sydney Maple 

      10 months ago

      I like coconut,snappy,bubbles,wave, hermione,and Kerby

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      ?? 

      10 months ago

      I’m named my crabs

      Shelly

      &

      Sebastian

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      Rea's Mangrove Hermits 

      10 months ago

      I have:

      Jerry

      Rocky

      Obie

      Red

      Wren

      And Shrimpy.

      I have one more female that is super feisty. I dont have a clue what to name her :P

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      Hdhdhdu 

      10 months ago

      This is really good. I just got 2 and one of them is Captain Hook!! Idk the others name but WE WILL FIND OUT! :) BUBA BUBA

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      A human 

      10 months ago

      My crab is now called Gordon Ramsay

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      i dunno 

      10 months ago

      what should i name my female crab

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      C.C 

      11 months ago

      What about the name Dwebble like the hermit crab Pokémon?

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      Mr Gamer12311 

      11 months ago

      I have 1 hermit crab named coconut or “coco” for short and I’m thinking of getting him a new friend but I didn’t know what to name it so Im thinking if it should be sushi or pearl but i really like pearl.

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      Boi 

      11 months ago

      I will name my Pearl

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      kja 

      11 months ago

      i think im gonna name mine frank. but I liked gordon ramsey

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      Meredith 

      11 months ago

      I am going to be getting a hermit grab soon so thanks for the information and the names

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      Maggie 

      12 months ago

      Wow this is very helpful thanks! I have 3 hermit crabs. The first two I had for a year and I just got the 3rd one yesterday! There names are Hermin, Crusty and I’m still trying to figure out the name for the 3rd one :)

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      MY Hermint 

      12 months ago

      i have 4 and i am naming one Ariel and the other Seamore but i had to figure out the gender first thank u

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      My nan 

      12 months ago

      My Nan

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      thanks 

      13 months ago

      i mite be getting one so these were great names so thank you!

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      Madelyn 

      13 months ago

      I have two, I am naming them Bubbles, and Sam. Thank you so much!!

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      Sarah 

      13 months ago

      i a getting three hermit crabs this saturday and naming them henry,hector and hercules.

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      jaxon 

      13 months ago

      i have a hermit crab and his name is mr. crabs i think he is a boy i was going to name hem/her athens or bethaney .

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      Leah 

      13 months ago

      I’m naming my hermit crab Krusty daddy

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      Kim hyunjae 

      14 months ago

      Best names ever thank god

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      ... 

      14 months ago

      Why Gordon Ramsey?

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      Hermit crab 

      15 months ago

      Super cute but could use so more names

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      Hermit CRAB 

      15 months ago

      I love Rover

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      Hermit crab 

      15 months ago

      So cute and great names

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      Hermit crab lover 

      16 months ago

      Great names love the ideas

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      preshese 

      16 months ago

      This is helpful but you should have more boy and girl names then pictures.

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      Liv 

      16 months ago

      My hermit crabs names are sushi, Kenny, daddy, Shelly, pearl,and puff

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      Me 

      16 months ago

      My hermit crabs name is

      Peggy

      Murphy

      Puddles

      Noodles

      Anna

      Caption narwall

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      Emma 

      17 months ago

      What are some great names for hermit crazy crabs

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      Avery 

      17 months ago

      I Love The Name Sushi!

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      Liz 

      17 months ago

      What are other hermit crab names?i need ideas

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      Savannah ray 

      17 months ago

      This was the best help thank you so much

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      Sam 

      17 months ago

      I got two hermit crabs and the names are bubbles and Mr.peevs and I can't see if they are a boy or a girl and did you know that hermit crabs lay eggs.

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      Pet Wizard 

      17 months ago

      I usually name mine:

      1) Famous pirate names (Long John Silver)

      2) Godzilla characters (Ebirah, Gamera, King Ghidora, Rodan, etc.)

      3) Or by a physical characteristic (Peewee).

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      Hello 

      17 months ago

      I think Moe is a good name. Also blu, moose, and bubbles

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      ella 

      17 months ago

      I like the name sushi for a boy and Hermione for a girl

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      Ryan 

      17 months ago

      I can’t think of good names

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      Micheal evans 

      18 months ago

      Gary

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      Kendall 

      18 months ago

      I have a hermit crab but I just got two more but Idk how to tell if a girl or boy

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      Joy 

      18 months ago

      I am getting two hermit crabs and I’m going to mabe them Cancer the hermit crab and Sheldon J Plankton

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      blah 

      18 months ago

      i have one

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      Summer 

      18 months ago

      I got 2 hermit grabs today and ones a boy and ones a girl , the boys name is Patrick and the girls name is pearl

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      Kylie 

      19 months ago

      I got one to day it’s name is Misses Crabs

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      Jay 

      19 months ago

      I bougt one today

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      Joy 

      19 months ago

      I am getting two hermit crabs and I’m goin to name them Cancer and sheldon

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      cHeEs 

      20 months ago

      I have some Hermit crab names.

      1. Pepper

      2. Cinnamon

      3. Peanut

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      Cameron Carrier 

      20 months ago

      I got two hermit crabs and the first ones name is Crabby and the second ones name is Claws

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      Now one 

      20 months ago

      Im getting 2 hermit crabs and im nameing the claws and sushi

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      Someone 

      20 months ago

      Why not Hermi or nippy

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      Isabella 

      20 months ago

      Kermit and hermit

      SpongeBob and Patrick or Gary

      Crocodile and mossy

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      Chloe 

      20 months ago

      I like mini for my crab but hears some crab name suggestions for people that need names

      Shore

      Shimmy

      Sandcastle

      Crabby

      Chubby

      Coconut

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      Hi my name is bob 

      20 months ago

      I have two hermit crabs named echo and nyyko and just got another crab but can't find a name it's a girl

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      dermine 

      20 months ago

      your mine

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      Kimmatwimma 

      20 months ago

      I’m getting a hermit crab and going to name it sushi

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      my hermit crabs are lazy 

      20 months ago

      but why they never play

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      Hermit Crabs!! 

      20 months ago

      I’m getting 2 hermit crabs soon and I think I’m nameing them!! Wave and Hermie

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      Lori Dumond 

      20 months ago

      I’m naming mine Henry and mr.mc bubmble snazzer

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      I'm exited 

      20 months ago

      In the up coming weeks im getting 2 hermit crabs and i shall name them hermito and hermie

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      Ella hermit 

      21 months ago

      I am nameing mine Hermione

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      Bob 

      21 months ago

      Why would you name a pet poops that horrible terrible name chose

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