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2017 November COTM

VOTING IS CLOSED: Winner Jennifer!

Time to vote!
Please bear in mind that we now have international members entering our contests. Their crabitat requirements may differ from what we use here in the USA, especially if the owner lives in a hermit crab’s native region.
Full 7 days to vote on this.
Please go here to view ALL the photos for each entry. Only one photo is shown here.

2017 November COTM

Katrina 2 ( 0.38 % )
The Wheel Talk 5 ( 0.96 % )
Milo 5 ( 0.96 % )
Julia 19 ( 3.64 % )
Shanea 2 ( 0.38 % )
Chandra 122 ( 23.37 % )
Jennifer 347 ( 66.48 % )
Jess 3 ( 0.57 % )
Sue 14 ( 2.68 % )
Brandon 3 ( 0.57 % )

2017 November Calendar Crab


Congrats to Chandra!

This month we only vote for three days so we can then vote for the COVER of the calendar. Please vote soon and share with your friends!

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2017 November Calendar Crab

Samantha K. 5 ( 2.54 % )
Anne G 1 ( 0.51 % )
Panthakarn C 21 ( 10.66 % )
Jeanne 3 ( 1.52 % )
Katrina 0 ( 0 % )
Pam 19 ( 9.64 % )
Mike V 2 ( 1.02 % )
Chandra S 146 ( 74.11 % )

Anthocyanin Nibbles

Anthocyanin nibbles

Anthocyanin nibbles


1 portion dark red/black cherries
1 portion blackberries
1 portion blueberries
1 portion red apple (Unwaxed only, she peel is the important part)
1 portion red beets
1/2 portion red raisins
1/2 portion dried plums/prunes
2 portions red beans (do not skip, or you won’t be able to grind into a powder)

Blanch each item in a small pot of crab safe water, reserving and reusing the water for each item. Prunes and raisins get soaked in the warm water last until they are very soft. Blend all items, including the reserved soaking/blanching water (start with a little) until its a paste about as thick as pancake batter. You may feed it to them fresh like this and freeze it in portions, or continue on to drying and powdering. To dry, line your dehydrater trays with silicone inserts, or parchment paper cut to size. Do not use wax paper, it will melt into the food 😝. Spread it across each sheet evenly about 1/3 inch thick, or less. Dry at about 130°f for a minimum of 24 hours, can take a couple of days. It depends on how thick it is and how humid your environment is. To test if it’s done, let it cool through. If you can break it into pieces, it’s ready. If it only bends and will not break, dehydrate longer until it breaks. Whiz it up in the coffee/spice grinder you keep for the crabbies, no cross contamination please 🙂 Store in an airtight glass jar in a cool dark space.

Submitted by Amber Miner

Coenobita respiration


A hermit crab’s gills are enclosed in the branchial chamber, which functions as a lung. The branchial chamber is on the sides of the thorax, above the crab’s legs. A hermit crab breathes through its gills and branchial chamber, which must be kept moist in order to function. If the branchial chamber and gills dry out, the crab will die. Compared to aquatic crabs, land hermit crab’s gills are reduced in size, and if the adults are kept underwater too long, they will drown. [2]

There are tufts of setae at various sites on the ventral surface that enable moisture from the substrate to be passed to the branchial chamber. [1]

Maintaining the correct relative humidity inside the crabitat is crucial to survival. Without sufficiently humid air your hermit crabs will slowly suffocate and die. Once the gills are damaged from too dry air they can not repair themselves.

Unless you live in a native climate and do not use any form of heat or air conditioning your crabitat will require a lid to maintain the correct humidity levels. Your house is likely 40-50% relative humidity.

A hermit crab requires 70-80% relative humidity. This range is for the purple pincher hermit crab (Coenobita clypeatus) native to Florida and the Caribbean. Other species of land hermit crabs enjoy a slightly higher relative humidity of 85%. You will need a solid lid for the crabitat (tank or aquarium) and a good quality hygrometer and thermometer to accurately measure the air inside of the crabitat.

All hygrometers should be calibrated prior to use.

Different ways to create humidity in your hermit crab habitat.

This tank is set up correctly with solid glass lids.

Humidity levels maintained above 85% are not harmful to the hermit crab directly but can lead to an unsafe environment in the crabitat. Floods, excessive surface mold and mildew, slime mold and bacterial blooms are just of the unsafe conditions that can develop from maintaining excess humidity levels.

Treat your hermit crab in the same manner you would treat a fish and refrain from removing them from their humid environment unless absolutely necessary. A very brief photo from time to time is acceptable. Taking your hermit crab from the tank on a regular basis (for any purpose) is strongly discouraged.

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1. Biology of the Land Crabs Warren W. Burggren and Brain R. McMahon
2. Hermit crabs : everything about anatomy, ecology, purchasing, feeding, housing, behavior, and illness Sue Fox

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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.

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Hand drawn by Judy Christopher and submitted to CSJ for our use!

Page 2 from Judy Christopher

Page 2 from Judy Christopher

How big is that hermie in the window?

How do I measure my hermit crab?

What’s a micro hermit crab? What’s a jumbo hermit crab? Size can be subjective and hard to define but we are trying anyway!  Our friends in Indonesia have developed two more realistic size charts based on leg length or leg span. Indonesia is home to many of different species including the large C. brevimanus. With much more data to work with the group created these new sizing charts which are more accurate.

Why does size matter? When determining how much space is needed per hermit crab we need to know how large the crabs are. Small crabs can be happy in a smaller habitat while jumbo crabs need a minimum of 10 gallons per crab. More than 10G/crab is always better! A hermit crab must live many decades to reach jumbo size.

How to measure your hermit crab using the circle chart

How to measure your hermit crab using the circle chart

How to measure your hermit crab using the leg length of the third walking leg.

How to measure your hermit crab using the leg length of the third walking leg.

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