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#1 boomerbob



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Posted 28 May 2008 - 06:16 PM

How long do they live, had a few blue leg and 1 red leg in my nano .
blues only lived about 8 months ( I had a variety of empty shells in the
tank for them to grow into ) . red is still ok but has not growen much over the year
that iv had the tank up and running .

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 12:25 AM

That's actually an interesting question... I've never seen a site that bothered to post the typical lifespan of hermit crabs.
I can tell you that I've had my dwarf zebras for a year and a half now, and with no indications that they are likely to die of old age any time soon.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:28 PM


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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:55 PM



Hermit crabs are often seen as a "throwaway pet" that would live only a few months, but species such as Coenobita clypeatus have a 23 year lifespan if properly treated,[21] and some have lived longer than 32 years.[22][23]

With this info find out what species you have. :)



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Posted 20 March 2012 - 05:43 AM

When I started SW over 4 years ago with a 20 gallon tank I stocked it with 12 blue legged hermits. Believe it or not I still have one of the origials left.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:01 PM

My oldest hermit is about 5. he's a blue leg the size of a toonie.
if crabs only lived a year how would you explain the monster sized ones?

My snails don't seem to last however...I think the crab gets them eventually.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:36 PM

I don't think the ever die LOL,but they will kill each other for shells.make sure you have a good supply laying around.

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 11:38 PM

Just gonna say this, I own land hermit crabs and they can live up to 50+ years in wild. Range from marble to softball in sizes. The golf ball or larger hermit crabs in stores are at least 10 years old