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Mary and Sara join the Local Rep team!

I could not be more proud to announce that our team continues to grow! Two more amazing folks have joined our team. Please join me in a warm, crabby welcome for our newest Local Reps!!

First up is Sara from Ontario. That means if you live in Ontario, she is your local rep. Given the size of Canadian provinces it is a bit challenging for one person to effectively cover the entire region but our folks will do their best to help you find local resources.

“I live in Ottawa, Ontario. I’m a mother of two crazy kids and 6 crabs!

There isn’t much I don’t like doing… I enjoy meeting new people and good conversations.

I started my hermit crab journey back in 2011 when I was in South Carolina and saw this huge metal cage with all these hermit crabs inside. Like everyone, I felt bad and purchased one and smuggled it home to Canada. Then I found out the pet store sold them too. Purchased another!

The little one I got from the South didn’t make it past a month. I felt so guilty and didn’t buy anymore. The one I had left is still with me to this day! My little buddy Whiskey.

Around Jan 2018, I had a flood. Decided to search Facebook and found this group. Checked out CSJ and knew that this was the ultimate source to get help. Everything got a revamp and a huge upgrade. Then, of course, more crabs!

I truly enjoy helping people and I want to give back to this group and the crabs by doing my part to help advocate and educate.”

Our second new team member is Mary. She comes to us from NW New York state. If you live in her region, she is your Local Rep!

“Mary met her first hermit crab in Florida in the 1990s and fell in love. When the military moved her family two years later, she surrendered her hermits to a neighbor, but the fascination remained, quietly dormant, yet festering. Later, she lived in the Turks and Caicos islands AMONG the wild hermit crabs and listened to the rattle of their shells as they came out to scavenge for food and water as the sun went down. Many years later, after her children had grown and gone, a friend’s daughter no longer wanted her last remaining hermit crab and the festering fascination returned, with a vengeance. She saved that crabby, acquired a few more, found LHCOS online, upgraded to a 55-gallon tank, then a 120 tall, and now she spends way too much time and money and angst trying to breed Caribbean hermit crabs and bring babies successfully to land in the hopes that some day all pet hermit crabs won’t have to be harvested from their wild homes.”

Two more Local Reps join our team!

We are so excited to announce two brand new additions to our growing Local Rep Family!


First let’s meet Trevoria F. she joins us from Washington. That means if you live in Washington, she is your local rep and can provide information about resources in your area in addition to trustworthy hermit crab care advice.

“My first experience with hermit crabs was in the early 90s, when I won 3 of them (Bobby, Peter, and Greg) at the state fair. Fast forward to early 2017, when I decided to get a “small simple pet” to keep on my desk at work. Bought a crab (an E who I named Bella because I think she’s beautiful) and a 5 gallon tank. The next day I went online. WOW! There is so much more knowledge available today then there was back in 1991! So… as I’m sure you can guess, I went and bought a bigger tank and another E (Thuggy Blue *RIP*), and the CORRECT supplies, etc. They never did make it to the office. Instead their crabitat is right next to my bed, so it’s easy to enjoy their shenanigans.”

Next is Jessie L. from Utah. That means if you live in Utah, she is your local rep and can provide information about resources in your area in addition to trustworthy hermit crab care advice.

“I became interested in crabs after we bought our first pair last year. I learned a ton about them from the group. I want to be a LR to educate others on the proper care for the little scuttle buddies. I’m teaching myself Linux, Python, and coding so I can build my own retro gaming machine.”


Welcome to the team!

Correction: Feeding Guide

Please be advised that there is an error on the printable feeding guide. The version on the website has been updated. Please update your copy. REMOVE CANOLA OIL.  Canola oil is not safe.  We apologize for the error.

Humane euthanasia for hermit crabs



There may come a time when you find it necessary to euthanize your hermit crab to end it’s suffering. I’m providing the information that I found to be reliable.

Please ensure that you are not confusing a surface molt with death.

FAQ-Are there other pets that can live with hermit crabs?

In 2009 we introduced isopods to our crabitats.

In 2009 we introduced isopods to our crabitats.

The list of critters that can safely exist with hermit crabs is fairly short.


Isopods – beneficial tank cleaners
Springtails – beneficial tank cleaners
Food/soil mites – harmless


Fiddler Crabs/Halloween Crabs – aggressive diggers and are likely to eat molting hermit crabs.

Fiddler and Halloween crabs are aggressive diggers

Earth worms, beetles, centipedes, crickets, praying mantis, roaches: May stress each other, over populate, disrupt/harm/ kill/ eat molters. Crabs may harm /kill them. May carry/spread disease/parasites, especially with over population.

Centipedes – venomous
Millipedes – poisonous 

Snails – Hermit crabs can kill snails

Frogs/Lizards – could harm each other, different habitat needs

Fish – inappropriate water for a fish

How about a new Local Rep to ring in the new year?

CSJ and LHCOS is thrilled to welcome Stephanie B. to our Local Representatives team!

Stephanie will be a Local Rep for upstate New York.

About Stephanie:

A little bit about me: I live in upstate New York-at the tippy top in the Adirondack region. I’m a mother of two humans, eight hermit crabs, one betta fish, soon to be one bearded dragon, and one husband. I enjoy naps, reading, and relaxing hot baths-all of which rarely happen because I have two humans children, eight hermit crabs, one betta fish, and a husband.

Like a few members here, I became a hermit crab owner/enthusiasts through my children, and very quickly fell in love and became a little obsessed. My sister gifted us two hermit crabs she no longer wanted, and when they arrived in purple sand I began my research. I read countless hours of information on Google and ended up more confused than ever, until I stumbled upon CSJ on instagram. I dove into the website and then linked up with LHCOS on Facebook. Through this group I have gained so much knowledge, and experience, and amazing advice and comfort when I felt like I was completely failing at this crab mom thing. I’ve made amazing friendships and am blown away by the community surrounding these tiny creatures. One of my favorite things about keeping crabs is the never ending knowledge. We’re all constantly learning as new research is done.

October 2017 Voting Polls


Be sure to vote in both contests!

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Heather H 2 ( 4.26 % )
Evan M 3 ( 6.38 % )
Casey B 2 ( 4.26 % )
Tami J 0 ( 0 % )
Anna K 13 ( 27.66 % )
Andy 6 ( 12.77 % )
Jeanne S 6 ( 12.77 % )
Alicen H 9 ( 19.15 % )
Barbara G 3 ( 6.38 % )
Stacie S 3 ( 6.38 % )

See more crabitat photos here:

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Tiffany C 3 ( 7.89 % )
Jeanne S 10 ( 26.32 % )
Milo 3 ( 7.89 % )
Heather H 11 ( 28.95 % )
Ian G 11 ( 28.95 % )

2017 Crab O’Lantern Vote


Voting ends at 8PM CST Halloween night!

See additional photos of each entry here:

2017 Crab O'Lantern Contest

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Samantha B 2 ( 33.33 % )
Jeanne S 0 ( 0 % )
Ian G 1 ( 16.67 % )
Jesse L 3 ( 50 % )
Amber M View 1 0 ( 0 % )

Our exclusive Huggable Hermie is here!

Happy Sweet 16 CSJ!

We turned 16 last week, did you know? Crazy isn’t it!? October 17, 2001 The Crab Street Journal was born on the internet so this year we are celebrating our sweet 16. What better way to do that than with our very own exclusive Huggable Hermie!?

Mama Moose Creations partnered with us to create a one of a kind design to honor our birthday. The purchase price of this HH is $35 includes a $10 donation to CSJ. When you order you will receive exactly what you see pictured here. Your donation goes to help offset expenses incurred in running the website, promotion, contests, outreach and all the other things we do.

I do have 10 of these on hand right now for the pet expo next month in St Louis. What isn’t sold there will be available for sale or likely to win as a prize in an upcoming contest. If you simply can’t wait…and seriously why wait? Go now to Mama Moose Creations and order yours!