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How to Clean Extra Hermit Crab Shells

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Hermit crabs need a constant supply of new houses as they grow and they usually prefer a choice. To enable your pets to find the right shells, provide a selection all slightly bigger than the ones they currently inhabit. Cleaning the shells properly before introducing them into the tank prevents the introduction of any pests or pathogens while ensuring you don’t inadvertently introduce toxins in the form of cleaning products. The procedure is the same whether you have land or marine hermit crabs.

Step 1

Brush dust, grime and debris off the shells with a small brush such as a toothbrush.

Step 2

Rinse the shells under the faucet to remove the remaining specks of debris.

Step 3

Place the shells in a ceramic or glass pan, not a metal one, cover with distilled water and bring to the boil.

Step 4

Simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes. This kills most bacteria and other pathogens and pests.

Step 5

Allow the pan to cool.

Step 6

Pick out the shells and dry roughly with paper towels before placing them in the hermit crab tank.