[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.