100+ Great Ideas for Hermit Crab Names (From Bubbles to Wave)
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
- Captain Hook
- Coral or Coraline
Cute Hermit Crab Name Ideas
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
Scrab (sea crab)
Crabby Names for Your Hermit Crab
- Gordon Ramsey
Popular Hermit Crab Names
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:
Hermit Crab Name Ideas That Play on the Term "Hermit Crab"
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.
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