Wood, Flowers and Plant Litter

Hermits will snack plant litter to consume the benefits of lignin, cellulose and wood fibers. Plant matter Should not be treated with pesticides or other potentially harmful chemicals. If harvesting this yourself, be sure to confirm that the area you’re gathering from hasn’t been treated with such. These are non-toxic plant litter that won’t hurt them if consumed. This list, is not in any way complete, and will be expanded as new information is received.

Safe Woods


Coco huts and cork rounds are safe options,

  • Birch
  • Cholla wood
  • Cork bark
  • Cypress (swamp variety, taxodium species)
  • Grape Vine
  • Hiawatha Moss
  • Madrona
  • Mangrove
  • Manzanita
  • Maple
  • Mopani
  • Oak
  • Pear
  • Pecan
  • Sycamore

Unsafe Woods

Confirm hideouts are not made out of pine, it is toxic.

Confirm hideouts are not made out of pine, it is toxic.

  • Apricot
  • Bitter Almond
  • Boxwood
  • Cherry
  • Cherry Laurel
  • China Fir
  • Eucalyptus
  • Evergreen of any kind (pine, cedar, redwood, etc.)
  • Hemlock
  • Laurel
  • Iroko
  • Nectarine
  • Peach
  • Plum
  • Sandalwood
  • Satinwood
  • Sneezewood
  • Spruce
  • Teak
  • Treated moss (dyed terrarium moss, craft moss)
  • Walnut
  • Wenge
  • Yew

Edible Flowers 


Hibiscus is also a red color booster

  • Borage blossoms (Borago officinalis)
  • Calendula flowers (Calendula officinalis)-Also known as “pot marigolds”
  • Camellia (Camellia japonica)
  • Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)
  • Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
  • Clover (flowers, leaves)
  • Daisies (Bellis perennis)
  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) (flowers, leaves, roots)
  • Day lilies (Hemerocallis)
  • Elderberry flowers (Sambucus canadensis)
  • Gladiolus (Gladiolus spp.)
  • Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
  • Honeysuckle flowers (Japanese Lonicera japonica)
  • Impatiens (Impatiens wallerana)
  • Jasmine (Jasmine officinale)
  • Johnny-Jump-Up flowers–(Viola tricolor)
  • Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
  • Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)
  • Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
  • Pansy (Viola X Wittrockiana) (flowers and leaves)
  • Passionflowers (Passifloraceae – passion flower family)
  • Petunia
  • Rose (Rosa spp)
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Sunflower (Helianthus) (flowers, leaves, seeds)
  • Tulips (Tulipa spp.)
  • Violet (Viola odorata)


For further information visit Hermit Crab Owners/Woods_and_Flowers

*HCO Admin Note: This list was posted from epicurean-hermit.com with explicit permission to do so. Krabitat does not claim to own this information or take credit for compiling it.