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Purple Hermit Crab, Coenobita Brevimanus



Giant purple hermit crabs are fascinating, intelligent, social pets that need an enriching environment and a couple of friends. This critter is an adorable and engaging pet that scuttles its way into the hearts of its owners. As a social animal, you must keep this crab in groups of 3 or more, the more the better.

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Coenobita Brevimanus is one of the largest species of hermit crab in the trade, boasting a has a robust purple exoskeleton, but it’s their eyes that really catch your attention—perched on long stalks, they move about curiously, surveying their surroundings.  These hermit crabs are not ones to just sit around. They love to explore their surroundings, whether it’s climbing decor, digging through substrate, or interacting with other tankmates. Despite their small size, Coenobita Brevimanus are fearsome little critters, especially when they raise their larger claw (from which they get their name, “Brevimanus” meaning “short hand”) as if they’re the guardians of their tiny territory. These are nocturnal animals that come to life at night, exploring and adventuring around their habitats. These hermit crabs are highly social animals and must be kept in groups of at least 3 members to ensure they do not become depressed. 3 or more is better on the off chance one perishes.


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Our Next-Day Guaranteed service promises same-day packing and delivery before 1 pm the following day for all orders placed. For standard livestock delivery, we dispatch orders within 1-5 working days, and once dispatched, your order will arrive in less than 24 hours.

We pride ourselves on our attention to detail- it’s a priority that your critters are safe & snugly packed.

When you receive your order, open it up and locate the transport container your pet is inside. Gently ease out your pet into the home you’ve prepared for it.

Ordering pets online can be nerve-wracking, we get it. Our 7-Day live guarantee is our way to ease nerves over the purchasing process.

We’re confident in the quality husbandry, shipping, and packaging of our livestock. On the rare occasion an animal arrives in poor condition, we will provide credit for the cost of that animal. If all animals in the shipment arrive in poor condition, we will also provide credit for the postage.

We try to make it as easy as possible to help any unwell critters, and ensure you can get your money back. There are a couple of steps to go through before a refund can be issued.

If you’ve received an unwell animal in the mail:

1. If it is safe to do so, (your pet is not medically significant or harmful) please remove the animal from its transport container, ideally onto your hand. We ask this as invertebrates, particularly insects, are experts at ‘playing dead’.

2. To provide you with the best advice going forward and to confirm the condition of your pet, we kindly request a short video of the animal in question before your refund can be processed. This can be uploaded on our ‘live guarantee refunds form’, or you can email it straight to us.

3. We typically respond within 24 hours, but please allow 1-3 working days for a response. Once it’s confirmed that you are eligible for a refund, we’ll get process the credit to your account.

We’ll need this information to reach us within 7 days after you’ve received your pet. We cannot provide any live guarantee to animals that have been refused, returned, or not collected.