Who we are

Over twenty years ago Vanessa Pike-Russell created a Yahoo group to bring together hermit crab hobbyists. In 2016 The Crabstreet Journal will celebrate fifteen years in its own domain as the online magazine for the Land Hermit Crab Owners Society. Today CSJ is co-managed by Vanessa and Stacy Griffith. Both recognize the importance of providing accurate care information in partnership with outreach to improve the overall care and handling of captive hermit crabs. CSJ has always been a labor of love; we provide our resources free of charge to all visitors.

Vanessa Pike-Russell, Founder and Co-Admin

Stacy Griffith Owner and Co-Admin
Stacy Griffith Owner and Co-Admin

The Crabstreet Journal print magazine was featured in the motion picture Girl Least Likely (Imogene) starring Annette Benning, Matt Dillon and Kristen Wiig. One of the characters was a hermit crab lover and you can see him reading the magazine.

World Book Animals - Featuring photos by Stacy Griffith and Vanessa Pike-Russell

World Book Animals – Featuring photos by Stacy Griffith and Vanessa Pike-Russell

Vanessa and Stacy both have photos featured in World Book Animals. Vanessa collaborated on Hermit Crabs for Dummies, co-wrote a hermit crab care book and authored yet another. She has recently written a children’s book about land hermit crabs as pets – from the perspective of the hermit crabs.

CSJ is the flagship site and online magazine for the Land Hermit Crab Owners Society (founded in 1999). Our website includes land hermit crab caresheets, and information on housing and nutrition. We have forums as well as a library of research documents. Our members submit product reviews, pet store reviews, recipes and testimonials. We actively advocate for better care of hermit crabs in pet stores through community outreach and social media campaigns. Our local representatives visit local pet stores to share caresheets. One ongoing campaign is the No Painted Shells campaign.

Say No! to Painted Shells
Say No! to Painted Shells

Some of our stats

Facebook Group – 14.5k members * Twitter – 376 followers * Instagram – 2603 followers * Tumblr – 158 followers

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