Many people ask me whether they can put frogs with hermit crabs. While these two animals may seem similar, some key differences make them incompatible as roommates. In this blog post, I’ll discuss why you shouldn’t put frogs with hermit crabs.
Can you put frogs with hermit crabs?
While frogs and hermit crabs might seem like they would make good companions, it is generally not a good idea to put them together in the same enclosure.
Frogs are predators, and hermit crabs are potential prey. In addition, frogs need a moist environment, while hermit crabs do best in a dryer habitat.
Hermit crabs also need to be able to climb, and the presence of a frog could limit their ability to do so. Additionally, frogs produce a great deal of waste, which could create an unhealthy environment for the hermit crabs.
For these reasons, it is best to separate frogs and hermit crabs.
Different housing needs
Frogs and hermit crabs have very different housing needs.
Frogs need a terrarium that is at least 10 gallons in size and has a secure lid to prevent escape.
Hermit crabs, on the other hand, can live in much smaller enclosures; a 5-gallon tank is typically sufficient for a few hermit crabs.
Additionally, hermit crabs require a substrate of sand or other loose material to burrow in; this is something that most frogs would find objectionable.
Another critical difference between these two animals is their diet.
Frogs are carnivores and require a diet of live insects. Hermit crabs, on the other hand, are omnivores and will eat just about anything, including fruits, vegetables, and carrion.
While it is possible to provide both frogs and hermit crabs with food that meets their dietary needs, it is much simpler to keep them separate.
Different temperature requirements
Finally, frogs and hermit crabs have different temperature requirements.
Frogs need a warm environment with temperatures in the range of 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
On the other hand, Hermit crabs do best in cooler temperatures in the range of 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, creating an enclosure that meets the needs of both frogs and hermit crabs would be tough.
In conclusion, while frogs and hermit crabs may seem similar, they have very different housing, diet, and temperature requirements that make them incompatible as roommates. So if you’re looking for a pet frog or hermit crab, it’s best to keep them separate.