Our focus is hermit crab rescue, adoption, and public education. Adoptable hermit crabs are always available and the adoption is free. We only require that you have an appropriate "crabitat" established and are familiar with how to properly care for them.
You'll need an aquarium at least 20 gallons in capacity but the bigger the better. Your tank must provide 10 gallons per hermit crab.
The lid to the aquarium must be able to keep humidity in the tank and prevent crabs from escaping.
Hermit crabs burrow when molting, relieving stress, and simply because they enjoy it. The substrate in their enclosure needs to be at least 6" deep.
Crabs require a constant temperature of 75 to 82 degrees and humidity levels between 75% and 85%.
Hermit crabs require access to both freshwater and saltwater pools, deep enough for them to fully submerge.
Hermit crabs need to have places to hide, things to climb, and ways to exercise. Adding enrichment items will do a lot for their wellbeing.
Crabs require an assortment of suitable shells, at least 3 per crab. As hermit crabs grow in size they require larger shells.
Most hermit crab food sold in pet stores is nutritionally insufficient and may be toxic. They require a varied diet from all food groups.
Hermit crabs can live 40 years or more. It is hard to determine a crab's age, you can't do it solely on their size. A pet hermit crab is a long term commitment.
Hermit crabs are deceptively expensive! After the initial investment in their crabitat, the cost of quality food and shells over their lifetime may surprise you.
One of the most disappointing aspects of crab ownership is the frequent periods of "pet sand". This is the time when your crabs are buried beneath the substrate and you don't see them. Crabs can be boring pets much of the time.
Hermit crabs should not be handled or played with. First, they are prey animals and handling them can be stressful and scary. Additionally, when removed from the humid environment of their crabitiat they are slowly suffocating. They have modified gills and require moisture to breathe. Think of pet crabs like aquarium fish, you look at them, you don't play with them.
"Hermit crab" could be considered a misnomer, they are not anti-social critters that lead solitary lives. In the wild, hermit crabs are found in groups, sometimes hundreds of crabs. It is best to keep multiples of crabs together, be sure to provide an adequately sized enclosure for the number of crabs you keep.
Keeping hermit crabs as pets can be very enjoyable, entertaining, and fulfilling. They are intelligent animals that like to interact with their surroundings. Hermits can recognize their owners, learn their routines, and show excitement at their presence. They thoroughly enjoy the company of other crabs and have a variety of social behaviors that are fascinating and endearing.
Effective September 29, 2021, all adoptions will go through Land Hermit Crab Owners Society (LHCOS). LHCOS maintains a database with available crabs and approved adopters so no matter where you live in the US, you can apply to adopt through their site.