23 May 2012 More details have been added to the Species section.
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Welcome to Hermit Crab Paradise! We help land hermit crab owners worldwide to care for their land hermit crabs to the best of their ability. Do you need help with your hermit crabs? Read through our Crab Care section. If you are still unable to find answers to your questions, register to post on our Forums. If your hermit crabs need to find a new home, please contact the Hermit Crab Adoption Center.
In a society where owners are often asked "Are they tasty?", land hermit crabs are one of the most unfortunate animals commonly kept as pets. They are usually marketed as 'low maintenance', despite the pet store workers being accustomed to removing dead hermit crabs from their tank several times a month. Most veterinary courses do not mention land hermit crab care. RSPCA Australia has advised that hermit crab neglect has nothing to do with them, while Dr Harry from Dr Harry's Corner recommends that hermit crabs should have their tank cleaned with bleach on a regular basis. Unfortunately, Dr Harry was not being sarcastic.
It is likely that dozens of hermit crabs around the world die preventable deaths in captivity each day due to misunderstanding. Using gravel, shell grit or wood shavings as substrates alone are a death sentence. Perhaps they should not be kept as pets, unless more people are prepared to care for them properly. Since it is unlikely that hermit crabs will become illegal to keep as pets in the near future, Hermit Crab Paradise aims to make life in captivity for the land crustaceans more comfortable and enjoyable.
The key to keeping hermit crabs healthy and alive is to prepare them for successful moults. Crabbers must not underestimate any of the numerous requirements that hermit crabs demand to survive such a life-threatening process. Carol Ormes has continued to care for her hermit crab Jonathan since 1976; therefore hermit crabs are by no means disposable or ephemeral pets.
There are very few published studies about land hermit crabs; none which focus on keeping them as pets. The care information provided by Hermit Crab Paradise has been compiled through case studies, science journals or trial and error by experienced crabbers including Carol Ormes, Kerie (Julia_Crab), Marie (ladybug15057), Stacy (Daethian), Sue (RFCrabs), Vanessa Pike-Russell and Vicki O'Donnell (vckums). However, none of them claim to be 'experts' and they share their care advice with good intentions.