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Hermit Crabs - Safe and Unsafe Foods

Updated: Apr 28

Hermit Crabs are natural scavengers and will eat almost anything, however, there are some foods that are just not safe for your little hermie friend.

Below is a list of safe and unsafe foods to feed your Hermit Crabs.


If there is a food not listed here and you are unsure about it, search for it in the LHCOS recommended food guide here https://crabstreetjournal.org/blog/2016/04/22/hermit-crab-food-guide/


SAFE FOOD LIST -

A

Acai Berry

Acorns

Agave

Alfalfa

Almonds

Aloe

Amaranth

Anchovies

Apples

Apricot

Arame (seaweed)

Artichokes

Ash Wood

Asian Pear

Asparagus

Avocado

Avocado Oil


B

Bamboo

Banana

Barley

Barley Grass

Basa

Barramundi

Basil

Beans (black, kidney, soy)

Bee Pollen

Beef

Beef Suet

Beetroot

Birch Wood

Bison

Blackberries

Blackstrap Molasses

Black Soldier Fly Larvae

Bladderwrack

Bloodworms

Blueberries

Bok Choy

Bone Meal

Brazil Nut

Brine Shrimp

Broccoli

Brown Rice

Brussel Sprouts

Buffalo

Burning Bush

Butterfly Pea Flower


C

Cabbage

Calendula Flowers

Camellia

Cantaloupe

Capsicum

Caribou

Carnation Flowers

Carrots

Cashews

Catappa Leaves

Catfish

Cauliflower

Celery

Chamomile Flowers

Cherimoya

Cherry

Chestnuts

Chia Seeds

Chicken (cooked)

Chickpeas

Chickweed

Chili

Cholla Wood

Chlorella

Cilantro

Clams

Clover

Cochineal

Coconut

Coconut Oil

Cod

Collards

Coral

Cork Bark

Corn

Cornflower

Couscous

Crabapple

Cranberries

Crickets

Crayfish

Cucumber

Currants

Cuttlefish Bone


D

Daisies

Dandelion

Dates

Deer

Dragonfruit

Duck

Dulse


E

Earthworms

Edamame

Eggs (cooked)

Egg Shells

Eggplant

Elderberry Flowers

Elk


F

Fennel

Fig

Filberts

Fish Oil

Fish (all species)

Flaxseed

Flaxseed Oil

Flounder


G

Goji Berries

Goliath Worms

Gooseberry

Grapes

Grapefruit

Green Beans

Greensand

Guava


H

Hazel Leaves

Hazelnuts

Hemp Seed

Hemp Seed Oil

Hibiscus Flowers

Hollyhock Flowers

Honey (organic)

Honeybush

Honeydew Melon

Honeysuckle Flowers

Huckleberries


I

Indian Almond Leaves

Insect Frass

Irish Moss


J

Jasmine Flowers

Jicama


K

Kale

Kamut

Kangaroo

Kelp

Kiwifruit

Krill


L

Lamb

Lentils

Lettuce

Lilac Flowers

Lima Beans

Liver

Lobster

Locusts

Lychee Fruit


M

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia Oil

Mackerel

Madrona Wood

Mango

Mangrove

Maple Leaves

Maple Syrup

Marion Berries

Marshmallow Leaf

Marshmallow Root

Mealworms

Milk Thistle Flowers

Millet

Mint

Moose

Mopani Wood

Mulberry

Mushrooms (only human safe ones)

Mussels


N

Nectarines

Nettle Leaf


O

Oak Leaves

Oak Bark

Oats

Octopus

Okra

Olives

Olive Oil

Oranges

Oyster

Oyster Shell Flour


P

Pansy Flowers

Papaya

Paprika

Parsley

Parsnip

Passionfruit

Passionflower

Pasta (no added salt)

Peaches

Peanut Butter

Peanuts

Pears

Peas

Pecan Bark

Pecans

Peonies

Pepita Seeds

Persimmon

Phoenix Worms

Pickles

Pineapple

Pinecones

Pine Nuts

Pistachios

Plankton

Plums

Pomegranate

Popcorn (no salt or butter)

Poppy Seeds

Pork

Potato

Prawns

Psyllium Husk

Pumpkin


Q

Quinoa


R

Radish

Raisins

Raspberries

Raspberry Leaf

Reindeer

Rooibos

Rosehip

Rose Petals

Rose Leaves

Rowan

Rhubarb (stems only)


S

Safflower Oil

Sage Blossoms

Salmon

Sand Dollar

Sardines

Scallops

Sea Biscuit

Sea Fan

Sea Grass

Sea Horses

Sea Lettuce

Sea Salt

Sea Urchins

Seaweed

Semolina

Sesame Seeds

Sesame Oil

Shell Grit

Shrimp

Silkworms

Snakeskin

Sorghum

Sorrel

Sphagnum Moss

Spelt

Spinach

Spirulina (green and blue)

Squash

Squid

Star Fruit

Starfish

Strawberries

Sultanas

Sugar Cane

Sunflower Seeds

Superworms

Swamp Cypress Wood

Sweet Potato

Sweetgum

Sycamore Leaves


T

Tallow

Tamarillo

Tangelo

Tangerine

Thimbleberry

Tilapia

Tomato

Tree Fern

Triticale

Trout

Tubifex Worms

Tulip Flowers

Tuna

Turkey

Turmeric

Turnip

Truffle Oil


V

Venison

Viola Flowers

Violet Flowers


W

Walnuts

Wakame

Watercress

Watermelon

Wax Worms

Wheat Cereals

Wheat Germ

Wheat Grass

Wheat

Whole Wheat Couscous

Wild Rice

Worm Castings


Z

Zucchini



UNSAFE FOOD LIST -

A

Aconite (monks hood)

African Violet Leaves

Alder Bark

Aloe Vera

Amaryllis

American Hellebore

Aniseed

Avocado Leaves, Skin and Pit

Azalea


B

Bay Leaves

Bindweed

Bird of Paradise Flowers

Bluebonnet

Bottlebrush Flowers

Bougainvillea

Boxwood

Buckthorn

Buttercup


C

Cacao

Caffeine

Carnation Leaves

Castor Bean

Catnip

Cedar Wood

Cherimoya Seeds

Chrysanthemum

Chocolate

Cinnamon

Citrus Leaves and Branches

Columbine

Compost

Crocus

Crown of Thorns

Cube Plant

Custard Apple

Cyclamen


D

Delphinium

Derris

Dieffenbachia

Dill

Dittany

Eucalyptus

European Pennyroyal

Evergreen (pine, cedar, juniper)


F

Feverfew

Fleabane


G

Garlic

Geranium

Ginger

Golden Pathos

Green Hellebore


H

Hemlock

Holly Berries

Horse Chestnut


I

Ivy (all types)


J

Juniper Berries


K

Kalanchoe


L

Larkspur Seed

Laurel

Lavender

Lemon Balm

Lemon Grass

Lily

Lucky Bamboo


M

Magnolia

Mayweed

Milkbush

Mistletoe

Morning Glory

Mustard Plant


O

Oleander

Onion

Oxeye Daisy


P

Palm Leaves

Papaya Seed

Parsley Seed

Peace Lily

Pencil Tree Cactus

Peppermint

Pellets (shop brought crab food)

Pesticides

Philodendron

Pine Wood

Prickly Juniper

Pride of China Fruit

Prunus Trees - Seeds, Wood, Leaves, Bark and Flowers (Apricot, Bitter Almond, Laurel, Nectarine, Peach, Plum)


R

Red Emerald

Red Wood

Rosemary


S

Sago Palm

Sansevieria

Schefflera

Sphagnum Peat Moss (NOT the same as Sphagnum Moss)

Stargazer Lily

Sweet Flag


T

Table Salt

Tansy

Tea

Tea Tree

Thornapple

Thyme

Tobacco


V

Vanilla Bean

Verbena

Vinca


W

Walnut Wood/Bark

Wild Angelica Fruit

Willow

Wormwood


Y

Yarrow

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