Tagged: importing hermit crabs
April 11, 2015 at 2:29 am #2291
Just in case anyone is interested, I’ve just placed and order for 4 medium Variabilis and 4 small Compressus. I’ll let you know how it goes. While I’m waiting I need to get some glass pieces cut to silicone in some shelves at each end in a 55 gallon tank.April 11, 2015 at 2:36 am #2292
I am so jealous! I would love to own a C. compressus!
I am sure you will love C. variabilis. They are an active soecies and very loveable. C. compressus and C. variabilis like the same types of seashell.
I hope they get to you ok. How long did they say it would take to ship to you?
Make sure to take some photos for us!
VanessaApril 11, 2015 at 2:47 am #2293
I spike to someone Tuesday who said it took a year to receive his variabilis from them. He just got them last month.April 12, 2015 at 3:04 am #2311
What I understand of the Aussie crabs from them is that they had a three year permit to bring in 10,000 crabs, or something like that. They didn’t get them during the first two years. They have had them on their site for a long time as “Coming Soon” and taking pre-orders. I intentionally waited to order until their site listed them as “in stock”, I refuse to pre-order anything from anyone as I have had people I know get burned when the item never became available. The automatic order confirmation says they will ship two weeks after the order is received.April 12, 2015 at 3:16 am #2312
Vanessa, are you from Australia? From what I understand, Australia is very strict about animals coming in or out. Do you have a hard time getting non-australian species there?April 12, 2015 at 4:00 am #2313
Yes, Australian customs are very strict with almost everything coming into Australia. I was told that it could be possible if I got a permit (this was 13 YEARS ago), but that they would go through quarantine. This could have changed.
I had a web store (Hermies n’ Herps) and an ABN. I was really worried about the quarantine and the damage it might do to them so dropped the idea.April 25, 2015 at 12:12 am #2506
No news on the order yet except my CC was charged for it. In the mean time I bought a complete 55 gallon salt water fish tank with nine fish in it. It came with 6 marine hermits, a Dwarf Zebra (you’d call it a small in LHC terms) an unknown tan MHC species about the size of a dime and four small Scarlet Reef hermits in shells about 1/4″ across. I bought a few more Scarlets, two Blue Leg MHCs and a single Red Leg MHC, all in long shells about 1/2″ in length. When I get my other 55gal tank set up for the LHCs and have the LiveHermitCrabs order in I’ll take some pics and post them.April 25, 2015 at 5:50 am #2507
I love marine hermit crabs! They are so cool! I’d love to see some photos of your salt water fish tank!
I hope your C. variabilis and C. compressus lhc’s arrive soon! Remember, C. variabilis and C. compressus like the same kind of shells, with a D shape opening but C. variabilis will also take turbo shells with a round openingApril 26, 2015 at 4:44 am #2511
I have plenty of spare shells, probably over one hundred, as I’m sure several here do. I’ll finally have a use for the D shaped shells other than as decorations. This past tuesday evening, my wife and I went to the beach for a walk and found thousands of snail shells had washed up from the storm the day before. I’m not used to finding empty snail shells on the beach, just live snails. Most were periwinkles but there were dozens of oblong d-shaped shells and some whale’s eye type shells. I was surprised to find a shell that was about 3″ wide, it looked like an enormous periwinkle.
April 26, 2015 at 11:21 pm #2518
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Wow, that’s great! What a find! I haven’t been lucky with beach walking here in Cleveland but I should try on Stradbroke Island, just a short ferry trip away. Don’t forget that C. variabilis have been known to favour turbo shells as well 🙂May 3, 2015 at 3:26 pm #2588
Great luck on finding those shells!June 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm #2727
Well, after sending several emails to LHC.com and getting no reply I finally had enough and contacted paypal. After working my way up a couple of levels at paypal I finally got a supervisor to send an email to LHC.com to tell them to give my a refund. Lo and behold, on 6/3/15 LHC.com gets back to me to offer to ship them or refund the money. I checked my email on 6/8 and said to ship them. On 6/14 I emailed them stating I had not received the crabs or a refund. 6/16 I receive a reply that the refund went through on 6/14 so they can’t ship but would have shipped them the next day if I hadn’t demanded a refund. They offered to let me re-order the crabs and they would ship next day.
I’m not going to re-order, I’m too disgusted with them at the moment. Maybe in the future I’ll order some straws if any place has anything smaller than jumbos. For now I’m just going to spend the money on my salt water fish tank, I still need tons of equipment for it so that is whee all of my disposable money is going for the near future.
On the MHCs, I bought a couple of Electric Orange Knuckle marine hermits, a larger Scarlett Reef hermit and another Dwarf Zebra hermit that is in a shell smaller than a marble. Hopefully I’ll be able to post some pics of the MHCs here soon.June 18, 2015 at 11:54 pm #2735
So basically he was going to just keep your money and never send the crabs unless you called him on it? That’s pretty much the reputation he has for years as far as I know. I’m sorry you had such a hassle with him but glad you got your money back.
I’ve received two shipments from Germany and other than customs holding them for two weeks I have been pleased with the shipper. He is switching to a different shipper that will use a customs broker to prevent delays but that means the cost of shipping is steep.July 6, 2015 at 2:45 am #2762
Yeah, gave up on it completely. Spending all of my money on my fish tank, anyway. Glad you found a place to get them. Is this a large supplier you’re getting them from?July 7, 2015 at 3:23 pm #2766
No it’s just one guy in Germany.
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