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Painted Shell Donation Giveaway

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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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Caring for hermit crabs with limb loss or other deformities

Tiny hermit crab missing both pinchers

Missing both pinchers makes it difficult to eat and protect yourself.

This guide will help you care for a hermit crab that has been attacked, lost several limbs or is suffering from molt complications. General care instructions will be outlined and special exceptions for molting crabs will be included at the end of the guide. If this a newly purchased hermit crab that is dropping limbs you should check out our information on Post Purchase Stress. PPS is a common cause of dropped limbs. Dropping multiple limbs indicates extreme stress. Not all hermit crabs can recover from this type of limb loss.

Isolate

The victim hermit crab needs to be isolated. Use a secure container that other hermit crabs can not access. The victim will remain in isolation until healthy enough to return to the main group. The time in isolation depends on the severity of the attack. A badly injured crab may need to be isolated until the next molt.

The isolation unit should have the same humidity and temperature as the main tank. (Recommended: 80F/80%)

Include a hut or some other place to hide. Shallow substrate, spare shells, food and water are all needed. Each will be discussed below.

In some cases, a small kritter keeper can be turned into an isolation unit and placed in the main tank. With the screen lid secure the other crabs will not be able to harm the victim. This is less stressful as there is no environmental changes for the hermit crab to adapt too. This also allows him to be near his tank mates.

How do I set up a proper hermit crab habitat?

Shells

If your crab is also out of it’s shell that needs to be addressed first. Our cup method is tried and true and works in all but the worst cases. Provide 2 or 3 spare shells in the isolation unit once the crab is back in a shell.

How do I get my hermit crab back in it’s shell?

Food

Eating well is vital to the recovery process. Commercial hermit crabs foods are 99% unsafe. Most include chemicals that inhibit the molt process and/or are used as a pesticide. We strongly discourage ever feeding commercial foods but feeding them to an already sick crab will only worsen the situation. A natural diet of real food is best.

A hermit crab needs both claws to eat properly. One claw holds the food while the other tears or breaks off a small bit and then brings it up to the mouth. If your hermit crab is missing one claw they can still feed themselves but you will have to alter their diet. Soft foods that do not require tearing or breaking should be fed. Calcium rich foods can be ground into a powder and mixed with another food or fed dry.

If your hermit crab is missing both claws they will have to be hand fed. This means all foods will need to be ground into a powder and moistened slightly. You will dip a toothpick into the food and bring it up near the mouth. The mouth parts should reach down and take the food. If your hermit crab will not eat from you in this way, put a small amount of food in a bottle cap. Position the hermit crab over the cap so they can simply dip their mouth into it.

Change the food daily. Keep the food dish very close to where the hermit crab is resting. This will minimize the need to walk.

A diet consisting of all the key food groups is vital for recovery. Honey can be used to stimulate appetite or give a little boost but it does not have much nutritional value. You can use honey as a base for other foods you have ground up. Kind of like putting ketchup on your kid’s food!

What can my hermit crab eat?

Water

Land hermit crabs can drink water without their claws if they are able to move themselves over the dish. Use small, shallow dishes such as a bottle cap. Keep both kinds of water very close to where the hermit crab is resting. If the hermit crab can walk a bit you can use a wide shallow dish. Change daily or when empty. Water must be treated with Prime or a similar water conditioner.

Substrate

Use shallow play sand for your substrate in isolation. While in normal conditions deep sand is needed that isn’t recommended in this scenario.

Why?

In this situation the crab most likely does not have the strength or ability to dig properly.

The injured hermit crab needs to remain above ground so you can ensure they are eating and drinking.

When the victim is ready to molt again he will be able to safely surface molt in the isolation unit. If he does not move into the hiding place you provided, carefully place it over him. It would not hurt to cover the isolation unit for a few days during the molting process to reduce stress. Shadows passing over the hermit crab signal predator danger, a cover will minimize that additional stress.

Light

Continue to maintain a normal cycle of 12 hours light and 12 hours dark. It is not critical to provide UVB in the isolation unit. If you already have a UVB light set up on the main tank and will be keeping the isolation unit inside the main tank that is fine.

Return to the colony

How will you know your hermit crab is ready to return to the colony?

Are all the limbs regenerated? At the very least your hermit crab needs both claws. This means they will be able to protect themselves inside their shell, as well as feed themselves and climb to escape other crabs if needed.

Is the hermit crab active and eating and drinking normally again?

Able to climb in and out of your water pools unassisted?

If yes to all of the above it is time to return to the main tank. When you do return the hermit crab to the colony do it when you can be around to monitor the tank for a few hours.

Molting crabs

It is rare that a molter will be attacked by tank mates. When this does occur it is a result of incorrect substrate (eco earth only or not deep enough) or a poor diet. The molter needs to be gently moved to isolation and cared for using the above recommendations. Soft crabs should be moved with a clean spoon (or something similar) so that you do not transfer bacteria or other germs to the soft exoskeleton.

A molting crab will be quite weak for a couple days. Don’t expect him to eat or drink in the first day or two. If the exoskeleton was not eaten, it should be ground up and put in a dish with the victim (in addition to the food suggestions above). If the exoskeleton was eaten, provide another source of calcium in the food dish. Remember while underground hermit crabs do not ‘drink’ but they are able to absorb moisture from the substrate if needed. The molt sac is also full of water. Normally the crab would only eat their exo while under but after an attack it is important to get them to eat anything. Don’t force food in the first 24 hours after a molt. Give the crab a chance to eat on their own before attempting to hand feed.

If the molter was wounded and has visible damage to the exo you can treat the spot with our Medicinal Wash for Hermit Crabs if you catch it early.  Damage to the exo can cause the outer layers to fuse with the soft under layer. This can lead to difficulties shedding properly during the next molt. This is a very rare time when you may want to move the crab to an isolation unit when you observe pre molt symptoms. This will allow you to monitor the molt process. They may molt perfectly fine in your main tank but if they don’t survive the molt you won’t know for months.

Tips:

Wash your hands before tending to your patient

Use a spoon to gently scoop up the victim. Dig just beneath the crab so there is a some substrate between the crab and the spoon. That will ensure you don’t injure the crab with the spoon.

 

Marine Hermit Crab

Did you accidentally bring home a land hermit crab or a marine hermit crab?

We often find people searching our site for care information on what are actually marine hermit crabs and not land hermit crabs.

We are a group dedicated to the care of land hermit crabs and provide no care information on marine crabs. Their needs are drastically different from a marine hermit crab and we are not able to provide assistance beyond what is in this file.

Please note: In most areas of the U.S. it is ILLEGAL to collect wild life without a proper permit.

Land hermit crab C. clypeatus Photo credit: Mike Vukoder

Land hermit crab C. clypeatus Photo credit: Mike Vukoder

Thin stripe marine hermit crab Photo credit Cheryl @: NoahProject.org

Thin stripe marine hermit crab Photo credit Cheryl @: NoahProject.org


Shown here you can see they are significantly different.

Where did you find it?

Marine hermit crabs are found at the waterline or in tide pools, land hermit crabs are usually found on dry land and further away from the waterline.

Only one species of land hermit crab is native to the U.S. and they are ONLY found in Florida. Any other hermit crab you find in the wild is a marine hermit crab.

You must act quickly!

Marine hermit crabs require a saltwater aquarium setup. They can only live a couple days outside of the saltwater and need to be returned to the ocean immediately.

If you are not able to return the crabs to where you found them you may be able to find a local fish store that is willing to take them.

We do have a rescue in Florida who is willing to return marine hermit crabs to the ocean if they are shipped overnight.

If you choose to keep them you must act fast to setup the proper environment.

This site should help:

http://animals.mom.me/raise-saltwater-hermit-crabs-1251.html

Volunteers Needed – Miss Crustacean Pageant 2017

Volunteers needed August 16, 2017 in Ocean City, New Jersey to assist Local Representative Beth Carducci in handing out hermit crab caresheets. There has been talk of ending the pageant after this year. If that is the case we will shift our focus to another similar event.

Pageant details: http://www.oceancityvacation.com/details/2288-miss-crustacean-hermit-crab-beauty-pageant.html

Facebook Event

Thousands of hermit crabs are doomed to death in the boardwalk shops, we want to help as many as we can survive after they are taken home.

If you aware of an event involving hermit crab racing, pageants or carnival giveaway please email us at crabstreetjournal at gmail.com

 


The boardwalk giftshops are a hermit crab house of horrors. They clearly care more about the plastic, overpriced garbage than the living animal which is why the crab is free or super cheap. This needs to be stopped.

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Have you ever wondered how they get the hermit crabs into the painted shells? It’s not nice.

Photo Credit: Beth Carducci and Mary Milhorn

Coral’s Color Boosting Crunchies

Coral's Color Boosting Crunchies

Coral’s Color Boosting Crunchies

1.5 cups organic yellow cornmeal (I used Bob’s Red mill)

1 cup packed, freshly ground coconut

1 large very ripe (brown) banana

1 package very ripe strawberries (pint)

1 cup or so sunflower seeds

1.5 cups whole, with shell, dried river shrimp (I used chubbymealworms.ca brand)

2 tbsp beet root powder

2 tbsp carrot root powder

1 tbsp chlorella powder

1 tsp powdered nutra Rose or 2 teaspoons liquid nutra Rose

1 cup dried apple ribbons

Soak/cook the cornmeal with treated hot water as per the cooking instructions.
Blend the strawberries and banana together and mix with the cornmeal after it cools a little. Mix in the coconut, carrot, beet root, chlorella and nutra rose. Spread mixture onto non stick tray liners or parchment paper and dehydrate at 135° f until crispy and crumbly all the way through. It should crumble easily into your hands. Grind up half of it along with the sunflower seeds (together in the grinder, you don’t want the seeds turning into nut butter) crumble the other half by hand, leaving crunchy texture. Pulse the shrimp until about half ground and mix it in. Crunch up the dried apple ribbons into small pieces and mix in.

 

Note:

This makes a lot. You can keep it out for a while, but since it’s so much, freeze half. The oils in the nuts and coconut will eventually go bad, just like any other nuts and seeds. Best stored in an airtight glass jar in a dark cabinet.
You can sub fresh beet or carrot juice for the powder, simply mix it in with the water and add less water. Or mix in a little mashed, cooked, carrots and beets. Just a little, maybe a 1/4 cup.
You can sub spirulina for the chlorella.
You can sub any nuts or seeds for the sunflower. Pumpkin would be great!
You can sub whatever berries you have on hand for the strawberry, but make sure they see nice and ripe!
Do not sub out the whole river shrimp for a kind with no shells. The shells contain color boosters. The freeze dried ones sometimes don’t have shells.

Does not require refrigeration

Can be frozen

 

Submitted by Amber Miner