2008 Hermit Crab Survey Results

Written by Michelle Stephens (Lolagranola) of Naturally Crabby
The following is the raw results from a hermit crab survey that I set up over the course of one month. I invited crabbers from lots of different forums to participate and we had, in the end, over 300 participants. While this is a great number, more than I had hoped for, keep in mind that it’s not a perfect sample. It’s a sample of crabbers who are willing to go online to read about, research, and talk about crabs. There is still a significant demographic of crabbers who don’t do that.

1. How many crabs do you have?

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2. How many active tanks/crabitats do you have (not counting ISO)?

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3. Do you have a tank specifically designated for ISO situations?

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4. What is the size of your largest tank?

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5. How many species do you have?

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6. What type of substrate do you use?

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7. What type of heat do you have? (check all that apply)

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8. Do you have a thermometer?

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9. Do you have a hygrometer? (measures humidity)

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10. Do you offer salt water?

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11. What do you use to make your salt water?

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12. Do you use stress coat dechlorinator?

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13. Is your substrate moist or dry?

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14. What kind of fresh water do you use?

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15. How many times a year do you deep clean your tank?

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16. Do you bath your hermit crabs?

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17. Have you ever adopted a crab rather than buying it at the store?

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18. As a general rule, do you let your hermit crabs molt in the main tank or do you ISO them?

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19. Have you ever purchased food/items from an online hermit crab specialty store?

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20. What kinds of food do you feed your hermit crabs? Select all that apply.

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21. How old are you?

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22. Are you male or female?

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23. How long have you had hermit crabs?

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24. How long have you had the crab you have had the longest?

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25. Would you consider yourself a hermit crab activist?

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Survey written and executed by LolaGranola, feel free to post and reference on your site or blog. A link back to Naturally Crabby is appreciated but not required for this post.