Articles about hermit crabs that don’t fall into other categories.

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!

Heather H 2 ( 4.35 % )
Evan M 3 ( 6.52 % )
Casey B 2 ( 4.35 % )
Tami J 0 ( 0 % )
Anna K 12 ( 26.09 % )
Andy 6 ( 13.04 % )
Jeanne S 6 ( 13.04 % )
Alicen H 9 ( 19.57 % )
Barbara G 3 ( 6.52 % )
Stacie S 3 ( 6.52 % )

See more crabitat photos here:

Tiffany C 3 ( 8.11 % )
Jeanne S 10 ( 27.03 % )
Milo 3 ( 8.11 % )
Heather H 11 ( 29.73 % )
Ian G 10 ( 27.03 % )

2017 Crab O’Lantern Vote


Voting ends at 8PM CST Halloween night!

See additional photos of each entry here:

2017 Crab O'Lantern Contest

Samantha B 2 ( 40 % )
Jeanne S 0 ( 0 % )
Ian G 0 ( 0 % )
Jesse L 3 ( 60 % )
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!


Local Rep Home Run

What else would you call it when  you add FOUR new Local Representatives to the team? Please don’t judge my love for my LRs based on the cleverness of my writing. 😀 Some days I’m less creative and I’ve put this post off too long already.

Let’s get to it and welcome four new wonderfully crabby people to our Local Representative team:

Anna K – Missouri

Ian G – Missouri

Ronda L – Utah

Yoa J – Indonesia

Painted Shell Donation Giveaway


Limited run enamel hermit crab lapel pin

Limited run enamel hermit crab lapel pin

Send us your empty painted hermit crab shells and you will be entered to win this limited run enamel hermit crab pin!

We are collecting painted shells for a display at the St Louis Pet Expo. The goal is to fill this wire cage:

Fill the wire cage with painted shells!

Use this form to enter the contest.
Live in the St Louis area? Visit our booth and bring your painted shells and not only will you be entered to win the pin but I will give you one free natural shell in exchange for the painted shells.

One entry per person
Enter by mail
Enter in person
No purchase required
Open to anyone
Mailed shells must be received by October 25, 2017 to be a valid contest entry.
The drawing for the pin will be held AFTER the St Louis Pet Expo 10/28/2017-10/29/2017.

Welcome new Local Representative Jeanne!

Another new addition!! Welcome Jeanne S. to the local reps program! Jeanne will be covering her region of West Virginia, USA. Jeanne joined our group and immediately fit right in. She is eager to help and usually one of the first to welcome a new member to the group. We are excited to have her on the team!

I asked Jeanne for a little introduction…

“My son wanted a pet in 1988 so my in-laws got us a hermit crab . Herman lived 3 months in a critter keeper I saved his shell . Still have it. Flash forward to 2005, a friend went to Florida and brought me back two hermit crabs . This time I searched the internet and they did ok but ran away. I tried again in 2006 – 2007 this time my crabs did well with a sealed lid and a bubbler for their water and 3 inches of pink play sand, poor crabs. In 2016 I was worried about my last 2 crabs now 9 years with me and found LHCOS .My crabs have never been so happy and I love this group. I now have 3 tanks and 15 crabs mostly gifts and rescues.”