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Old 03-16-2007, 10:09 PM   #11
 
well food isnt a problem, just nothing that needs live crickets a lot, im sure he could get live crickets every once and a while but not for the main diet, thats all.
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:17 PM   #12
 
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Ok, dry pets. That leaves the African Dwarf Frog out. How about a hermit crab? Another girlfiend favorite, and really easy to take care of.
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:20 PM   #13
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...had hermit crabs...didn't do well by them...lots of work...
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:42 PM   #14
 
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...had hermit crabs...didn't do well by them...lots of work...
REALLY? What did you do that made them lots of work? I had them as a kid all the time and I thought it was the easiest thing ever! I remember changing the water pond to clean and I would sift the sand, a piece of driftwood and some extra shells and that was it.
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:45 PM   #15
 
This is where teh herp master steps in.

I would go for a yellow throated plated lizard or gerrhosaurus flavigularis.
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Old 03-20-2007, 05:57 PM   #16
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I have no idea what we did wrong...did everything by the book...

...but you need freshwater and saltwater...needs to be changed and sanitized everyday...they need a variety of foods...needs to be changed/cleaning often to prevent spoilage from the heat and humidity of the tank...they need a selection of shells to exchange...

...and just getting the heat and humidty right was a nightmare ...

I found them more work than anything else I've ever had...

Plus, if you do manage to keep them properly...expect to have them some 20 years...

And expect to get them a large aquarium too...once they grow they need a fair amount of space to wander about it...
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Old 03-20-2007, 07:49 PM   #17
 
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[quote="Rue"]I have no idea what we did wrong...did everything by the book...

...and just getting the heat and humidity right was a nightmare ...

I found them more work than anything else I've ever had...[quote]

Wow, really? I used a large old aquarium (someone gave it to me, it had a leak) and put a screen over it, covered the bottom with a few inches of sand that I had mixed a little water and sea salt in, kept a plant saucer actually placed into the sand filled with tap water. I had driftwood so they could climb all the way up to the screen, and made some caves out of rocks. I would leave a lamp on not too close over the cage during the day to mimic sun. I also misted them twice a day or more on the weekends. I had extra shells laying around, and they would molt every once in a while.

I changed their water every few days, and used a sifter to clean the sand once a week. I had a container of food (I think I remember it being freeze dried brine shrimp), lettuce and apple a few times a week.

I had 2 of them together, and they must've lived for 5 years!

I live in NJ, and we go to the Jersey Shore every year. The boardwalk is filled with stores that have hermit crabs jammed into cages. It makes me so sad.
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Old 03-20-2007, 07:51 PM   #18
 
[quote="Andyandsue"][quote="Rue"]I have no idea what we did wrong...did everything by the book...

...and just getting the heat and humidity right was a nightmare ...

I found them more work than anything else I've ever had...
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Wow, really? I used a large old aquarium (someone gave it to me, it had a leak) and put a screen over it, covered the bottom with a few inches of sand that I had mixed a little water and sea salt in, kept a plant saucer actually placed into the sand filled with tap water. I had driftwood so they could climb all the way up to the screen, and made some caves out of rocks. I would leave a lamp on not too close over the cage during the day to mimic sun. I also misted them twice a day or more on the weekends. I had extra shells laying around, and they would molt every once in a while.

I changed their water every few days, and used a sifter to clean the sand once a week. I had a container of food (I think I remember it being freeze dried brine shrimp), lettuce and apple a few times a week.

I had 2 of them together, and they must've lived for 5 years!

I live in NJ, and we go to the Jersey Shore every year. The boardwalk is filled with stores that have hermit crabs jammed into cages. It makes me so sad.
ive been to those jersy board walks a long time ago, got me a hermit crab a long time ago, died within weeks a long time ago since me and my sister knew absolutely nothing about them (i was bout 6 or 7 years old)
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Old 03-20-2007, 08:23 PM   #19
 
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I know I didn't get the hermit crabs on the boardwalk, but I'm not sure where I got them from. Maybe a pet store? It was very looong time ago, I must've been about 15. They seemed so easy to me, easier than the fish have been!
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