ProfPinchysPuzzles

Hermit crab puzzle feeders & enrichment

Kansas, United States

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This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

Announcement    Shop is officially OPEN! Feel free to message with any questions, and enjoy browsing at Professor Pinchy's! Don't forget to like our Facebook page to be the first to see updates & new products!

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 8, 2021

Shop is officially OPEN! Feel free to message with any questions, and enjoy browsing at Professor Pinchy's! Don't forget to like our Facebook page to be the first to see updates & new products!

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Kelsey

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Kelsey

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About ProfPinchysPuzzles

Sales 58
On Etsy since 2021

Foraging toys for curious crabs!

I got the idea for this store while preparing a presentation on enrichment for CrabCon 2020. It occurred to me that while a well-set up hermit crab tank has quite a bit of enrichment already, there were not many options for cognitive enrichment - mental stimulation that offers the chance to solve problems. While hermit crabs are not quite the same as dogs, all animals deserve a variety of enrichment options to improve their lives with us. Plus, it's fun for us humans too! :)

So, I decided why not start a store myself! I've been very interested in animal enrichment for over a decade, and it's one of my favorite parts of animal care. I have so many ideas for unique ways to offer food for hermit crabs that will provide different interactions compared to feeding from a dish on the substrate. Plenty of my items can be used for a multitude of purposes as well, including hides, climbing, and more. It's up to you how you want to use your Pinchy products!

As I'm just getting started, there are only a handful of items for now, but stay tuned! I'll be developing & adding even more fun toys soon. I can't wait to share all of my cool plans with you and your crabs! Thanks for visiting Professor Pinchy's Puzzle Emporium!

Shop members

  • Kelsey

    Owner

    I have loved animals for my entire life, been a devoted pet owner for over 13 years, and have had hermit crabs since 2015. I now have 14 hermit crabs in a massive tank, as well as a whole zoo of other critters!

Production partners

  • Golden Gourmet

    United States

    Company that makes treats & foods for parrots & birds.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Jul 12, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Allergy Information

Shop products are created in a home with the supervision of dogs & cats (despite best efforts!). If worried about allergies, rinse items with water when opened and allow to dry before placing in your hermit crab tank. If severely allergic, please add a note when you order & I can rinse items before packaging away from dogs & cats.

All orders will come with a complimentary bag of sunflower seeds - please add a note if you do NOT want these.

Mixed nuts item does not contain peanuts, but cannot guarantee against risk of cross-contamination from previous manufacturing.

Care instructions

These products are all made with natural materials and as such, could potentially grow mold in the humid environment of a hermit crab tank. If your tank is prone to mold popping up, or if you have a toy that grows some mold, please do the following:

- scrape mold off toy if necessary
- prepare Prime-treated salt water (regular strength, same as for crab pools)
- soak toys for 4-5 hours
- allow to dry at least 12 hours
- replace in tank

*** Be careful when handling seed pod toys that have been soaked as they become more fragile while wet.

*** Do not use wet or sticky food items (including dried fruits or fruit mixes) in seed pod feeders without a liner or other container to hold the food.

Disclaimer - Product Durability

***I cannot guarantee a length of time that store products will last in a hermit crab tank.***

Hermit crabs can be fairly destructive and sometimes decide to pick apart tank decor, sometimes very quickly. I have done my best to ensure that products are durable and will hold up to general use by hermit crabs. Please keep your hermit crabs' sizes and habits in mind when purchasing items. Hopefully your crabs will treat them well & enjoy them for a long time!

Disclaimer - Product Safety

***Choose items carefully and pay attention to measurements given.***

Please keep in mind potential hazards when buying toys - small crabs could get stuck in larger/deeper pods, large crabs could get large pinchers stuck in a small pod opening. Customers are responsible for choosing toys that will work for their tank & crabs, and monitoring use to ensure hermit crab safety.

If you have concerns about pod sizing or the use of a toy for specific sized hermit crabs, please feel free to email or message me! I can do my best to ensure a toy is made with opening measurements that will work for you & your crabs.

Custom and personalized orders

Custom orders available on a limited basis - due to working a full time job & lots of animals to care for, custom orders may not always be available or may have a longer wait time to be fulfilled.

However, feel free to message if you want to ask for something & I'll see what I can do! I can do alternate hangers for securing items in the tank (horizontal vs vertical, for example), or could use different sized seed pods for an item than what is shown. I am still working on additional attachment methods & will update the shop with those options once available.