100+ Great Ideas for Hermit Crab Names

Updated on August 17, 2018
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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!

Best, Cutest 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, she can live up to 30 years.

In captivity, no matter how comfortable you make her, she will have a much shorter life, typically about two years. Depending on food, care, and environmental factors, she 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 Like Water?

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.

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      Hermit crab lover 

      12 days ago

      Great names love the ideas

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      preshese 

      13 days ago

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

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      Liv 

      2 weeks ago

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

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      Me 

      3 weeks ago

      My hermit crabs name is

      Peggy

      Murphy

      Puddles

      Noodles

      Anna

      Caption narwall

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      Emma 

      3 weeks ago

      What are some great names for hermit crazy crabs

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      Avery 

      4 weeks ago

      I Love The Name Sushi!

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      Liz 

      4 weeks ago

      What are other hermit crab names?i need ideas

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      Savannah ray 

      4 weeks ago

      This was the best help thank you so much

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      Sam 

      5 weeks 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 

      5 weeks 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 

      5 weeks ago

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

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      ella 

      6 weeks ago

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

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      Ryan 

      7 weeks ago

      I can’t think of good names

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      Micheal evans 

      2 months ago

      Gary

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      Kendall 

      2 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 

      2 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 

      2 months ago

      i have one

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      Summer 

      2 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 

      2 months ago

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

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      Jay 

      2 months ago

      I bougt one today

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      Joy 

      3 months ago

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

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      cHeEs 

      4 months ago

      I have some Hermit crab names.

      1. Pepper

      2. Cinnamon

      3. Peanut

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      Cameron Carrier 

      4 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 

      4 months ago

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

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      Someone 

      4 months ago

      Why not Hermi or nippy

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      Isabella 

      4 months ago

      Kermit and hermit

      SpongeBob and Patrick or Gary

      Crocodile and mossy

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      Chloe 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 months ago

      your mine

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      Kimmatwimma 

      4 months ago

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

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      my hermit crabs are lazy 

      4 months ago

      but why they never play

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      Hermit Crabs!! 

      4 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 

      4 months ago

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

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      I'm exited 

      4 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 

      4 months ago

      I am nameing mine Hermione

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      Bob 

      4 months ago

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

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      anonymous 

      4 months ago

      Plz add more cute crab names

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      John boss 

      4 months ago

      My hermit carbs names are shelby and leonard depincheo

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      Kylie lambert 

      5 months ago

      Hey guys

      My birthday is in a week and I am turning 10

      But my whole life I haven’t had a pet besides a fish and there are reasons for that.

      Anyways my dad is thinking about getting me a hermit crab for my birthday and since I already have 3 girls in the family and 1 boy. I want a boy hermit crab. And me and my dad agreed that it’s name should be Shell-don

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      Isabella 

      5 months ago

      I really personally like all of them I can not pick one I have a Hermit crab and it’s name is Hermit Hermi Hernandez

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      Hermit crab lover 

      5 months ago

      I like Shelly,pearl,jasmine and tide

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      Hermit Crab finder 

      5 months ago

      Oh my I love the names everyone has given their hermit crabs. I went to the beach for the first time and found a really nice shell checked it the best I could didnt see anything so I cleaned it off and put all my shell finding in a ziplock bag on Friday the next Tuesday I packed my bags put all my stuff in the trunk and headed home which took me 2 days and a night got home unloaded the car. I didnt unpack until Thursday found my shells and low and behold I have a live sea crab in my bag I couldn't believe it. I named him Leroy because I use to call my husband Leroy Johnson. So I have Leroy.

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      Princess 

      5 months ago

      To know if a hermit crab is a boy or a girl... u have to flip them over and let them naturally come out. Once they are out you check right under neath their legs and their will be dots... if their is one for it’s a boy. If their is two dots it’s a girl. I hope this helped u in finding out.

      I also have some... good names for u

      •Sugar

      •Salty

      • Lightening

      • Shelly

      • Baba

      • and Cutie

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      libthebomb 

      5 months ago

      OMG i love sushi moana and leonardo depinchi

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      fortnite 

      5 months ago

      i just got 2 hermit crabs last night but i don't know what to name them

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      5 months ago

      I think hermit the frog is a good name write yep! If you think so

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      Chris 

      5 months ago

      One of my hermit crabs names are clide

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      Acery 

      5 months ago

      Hermy

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      Alex 

      6 months ago

      Mine is pee wee hermit

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      Briley 

      6 months ago

      I have a hermit crab it's name is Hermie

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      shawn 

      6 months ago

      i dont know what to name my hermit crab

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      Katrina 

      7 months ago

      I am gonna name 2 crabs Skittles and Kirby, which i got from this site. thx

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      Kastyyy 

      7 months ago

      My crabs names are mango and sapphire

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      Bailey 

      8 months ago

      I named mine PIckles, pablo, tapioca, padro, and perry.

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      Kodabee1 

      8 months ago

      I choosed rover and Molly

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      SoSo 

      9 months ago

      I’ve had Speedy, Pearl, Hermie, and Crabbers ❤️

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      Julia 

      9 months ago

      Hermione , Harry and hagrid.

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      9 months ago

      What about Shellce like chellce

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      Hermit crab luver 

      9 months ago

      A name should be hector

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      pinchy 

      9 months ago

      its a good name

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      NAME 

      9 months ago

      I like shell-Donn, Sea-more, claws and Sebastian

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      Isabelle 

      10 months ago

      hello you should put the name midget

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      Melody DeBellis 

      10 months ago

      I like pinchy

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      Sarah 

      11 months ago

      I liked the names Sushi, Salty and Squirt. Those are very good names that I think that I should mention to you!

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      Crabby 

      11 months ago

      Why not meshell (mishell)? Lol me shell

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      wade 

      11 months ago

      i like sea-more

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      maile 

      12 months ago

      Leonardo DaPinchi

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      jnvfdjkhndvcjh cjkzdkjkcvzkjvc 

      12 months ago

      i like molly

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      Blubbers 

      12 months ago

      Blubbers is an awesome name too

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      Gale 

      12 months ago

      Gale and grey are good names

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      Coral 

      13 months ago

      that is what i named my hermit crab

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      Shell by 

      13 months ago

      Love the name

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      My. Hermits-name skittles and Molly 

      13 months ago

      The Molly one help't me and I think of skittles

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      Hermit & me 

      13 months ago

      I love the name jaws, it's so cute, and the name of my new crab, my old ones are Gabby, pepper, and finally sea-more (I got from here as well)

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      sophia 

      14 months ago

      i have a hermit crab and it took off its shell and that was the only on left that he has.what should i do? P.S. my hermit crabs name is Abraham. his name was supossed to be Herman

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      Hermit crabs 

      14 months ago

      I had alot their names were Angie,Lea and spot they are dead tho but i have three hermit crabs left Angel,cole and ab

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      Hermit Crabs 

      14 months ago

      I have a crab, it's name is Cap. Jack Sparrow.

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      Fjgcvbhvxf 

      14 months ago

      I have one crab and its name is squeezy

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      Mckinzie caldwee 

      14 months ago

      I love the name sushi

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      Hermit crab lover 

      14 months ago

      I just got 2 hermit crabs today and there names are jabby and pinchy

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      Mr Karbs 

      14 months ago

      These name have help me name my hermit crab

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      DD 

      15 months ago

      Awesome names I am getting hermit crabs soon

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      Jnjajua 

      15 months ago

      Mine are called snippy and clipper. I could not think of many other names :D

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      Ivan 

      15 months ago

      Name your hermit cracken

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      123456 

      15 months ago

      I named mine Dobby, Winky, and Kreature, after house elves in Harry Potter. :)

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      123456 

      16 months ago

      Another name is hermie

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      lily 

      16 months ago

      need more names

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      mya 

      16 months ago

      pluto, tamatoa and pascall.

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      Brooke 

      16 months ago

      My crabs name is Claws! My friends name is Crabby!

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      Popp 

      16 months ago

      This was horrible!!

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      U don't need to know my name 

      16 months ago

      I named my crab pinchy-le

      And I also thought that pinchy is a good name

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      #❤crabs 

      16 months ago

      I'm naming mine harmony

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      Kenz 

      16 months ago

      I named my hermit crabs Señor Snuggles (Snuggs)

      And Señorita Cuddles (Rita)

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      Mr.Creeper 

      16 months ago

      my hermit crabs name is atom and my sisters hermit crab is named jasmine

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      Brian Newport 

      16 months ago

      I just got 2 yesterday I named mine big herm and my sister named hers pimp :D

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      Alice 

      16 months ago

      Great names

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      keiara hayes 7 years old 

      16 months ago

      I like the name pinchy

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      Annonamus 

      17 months ago

      I recently got a hermit crab and I named it joe and I am soon going to bet another and name it bill

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      Jenna 

      17 months ago

      I have 6 their names are cookies, cream,crackers,jade,pincher,and confetti

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      Valentine Graves 

      17 months ago

      I currently have two hermit crabs named Statler and Waldorf, after the crabby old guys from The Muppet Show. I had a number of them as a kid. One of my favorites was Maynard G. Krabbs, named for Bob Denver's character on 'The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis'.

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