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Boyette Animal Hospital

Primary Location
10931 Boyette Road
Riverview, FL 33569
Phone: 813-671-3400

Office Hours

DayOpenClosed
Monday7:00am7:00pm
Tuesday7:00am7:00pm
Wednesday7:00am7:00pm
Thursday7:00am7:00pm
Friday7:00am6:30pm
Saturday8:00am4:00pm
Sunday5pm to 7pmBoarding Only
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Hermit Crabs as Pets
Dr. Michelle Ferrera

 Hermit Crabs are entertaining and unusual pets. I currently own four that I have had for several years. I often find them climbing about, exploring their food bowl, or making a new burrow in the sand. I have even taken them to my childrens’ classrooms when giving an educational presentation.

My crabs live in a 29 gallon fish tank that has several inches of sand for burrowing and a variety of caves and logs for climbing and hiding. The tank contains a dish for fresh water, a dish for salt water, and a dish for the variety of food items they consume. Green Turbo shells are their favorite shell to choose from for when they molt and grow, and need a change of size. I keep a variety in the tank. A secure lid, day and night lighting, and a thermometer/hygrometer complete the crabs’ set up.

I don’t use a wire cage, as they need to burrow in sand in order to remain healthy. I also don’t routinely bathe them as they have plenty of fresh and salt water access, and I prefer to avoid the stress. I also don’t keep sponges in their water dishes as they are difficult to keep clean, although the crabs do like carrying them off to a remote corner of their tank.

All of the crabs supplies were readily found at a local pet supply store. I found the book, Hermit Crabs for Dummies by Kelli A. Wilkins to be a helpful resource. There are many websites created by people devoted to keeping hermit crabs, and it is also a good way to locate hard to find shells, or investigate novel food items sold by specialty stores.

Hermit crabs are not short lived, disposable pets. They can be lively and provide years of entertainment if they have the proper environment.

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I can't express how Thankful I am for the Doctors and staff here. I brought my chihuahua "son" in yesterday for a check up after being attacked by a neighbors large dog earlier in the week. As usual, we both were treated with great care and concern as I also was a bit emotional. This is a place were the staff Truly care about animals/pets. I wouldn't take my fur babies Anywhere else and have referred my friends multiple times.

- Angie W. / Riverview, FL

Office Hours

DayOpenClosed
Monday7:00am7:00pm
Tuesday7:00am7:00pm
Wednesday7:00am7:00pm
Thursday7:00am7:00pm
Friday7:00am6:30pm
Saturday8:00am4:00pm
Sunday5pm to 7pmBoarding Only

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Meet The Team Dr.Bob Encinosa was born in Valrico, Florida and graduated from Brandon High School in 1980. He received his doctorate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987.Read More

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