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NJ, PA Adopters

PostAuthor: HCA Adoptions » Sun Oct 26, 2003 12:51 am

New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Adoptions
If you are looking to adopt hermit crabs, please make a small “want ad” here!

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[For Members Who Wish To Adopt:]

You must include your general location and how far you are willing to travel. If you are willing to pay for shipping, that would be a good thing to know as well. You should write about your experience with hermit crabs, your enclosure, and anything else you think an owner looking to rehome should know so that they choose you as their crabs’ new home. Remember to list how you would like owners and the Adoption Coordinator to contact you if PMs are not your first choice. Thank you!
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Re: NJ, PA Adopters

PostAuthor: Akamistyeyes » Sun Aug 28, 2016 11:48 pm


My name is Deb. I live in Southwestern PA, near Pittsburgh. I am willing to travel 1 hours to pick up HC's who are in need of a safe place to call home. I am willing to split shipping. You can contact me at whitewoodd at

I have been caring for HC's for over 17 years. Now my big kids are in college and my 7 yo son and I enjoy the crabs a lot.
I have four tanks. (90g, 75g, 65g, 30g) Currently I have 29 crabs, PP's and E's. Each of my tanks has at least 6" of playsand/EE mix, bubblers in the salt & fresh water pools, plenty of fake plants to crawl on, moss pit, climbing logs, coconut hides, play wheel, fresh & dried food daily, and plenty of extra shells of all different types in each crabitat. Humidity between 85-95% and temperatures controlled by thermostats on the Ultratherm UTH's. Each tank has a UVB light inside the tank as well.

The folks at each of the local Petco's know me by name and call me when they have someone drop off HC's to be adopted out. I have also told them they can give my email address to clueless patrons for me to help them properly set up a healthy environment for their crabs. I have been asked by two local pet rescue organizations to set up tables during their events to educate folks about caring for HC's.

Finally, I maintain a crabitat in a preschool. I aim to educate the children (and their parents) about the true needs of HC's before they go to the beach and bring one home unawares. One preschooler talked her cousin (well, probably the cousin's mom) out of buying a hermit crab at the beach this summer because of the care she was able to tell the family that the crab would need. :cheer:

So if you are in need of a safe landing place for your hermit crab, please feel free to contact me.
Happy crabbing...

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Re: NJ, PA Adopters

PostAuthor: Apple26 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:22 pm


I am planning on starting a 10 gallon hermit crab habitat soon. It will be my first. I live in central NJ.

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Re: NJ, PA Adopters

PostAuthor: Lephantome92 » Mon May 15, 2017 12:23 am


I'm about 35 minutes east of Harrisburg, PA, and while I personally can only get a ride in about a 15 minute radius, one of my sisters works in Harrisburg, , and would likely be willing to meet there. My setup is based on a 20 long with substrate and a 20 gallon vivarium with climbing materials, hidey holes, etc. Right now I have 3pps: 2 medium and 1 tiny-micro, as well as a medium strawberry. We have a garden that greatly helps vary my crabs' diet. I'm mainly looking for vibrant-bodied crabs, but will gladly home crabs in need

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Re: NJ, PA Adopters

PostAuthor: GamerGirl117 » Tue May 23, 2017 12:42 am


:crabbigsmile: Hello! I am in the East Stroudsburg PA area but travel(and have someone else) who travels Northern Jersey. Wayne/West Milford area. I have a 55gal with 7 cabbies. They have lots to climb on with 8 inches of coconut fiber to dig in. I feed veggies, fruits, freeze dried shrimps, and other good foods as well as some store bought food. I'm working on adding a second level for them to play on and will gladly add any new members to my little crabby family. I'm willing to travel a little bit.

All my crabs have had many successful molts and have saved one who had no claws. He has grown them both back :D my tank stays about 78% humidity and 76-80 degrees F.

LAST UPDATED: June 30th, 2018
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Re: NJ, PA Adopters

PostAuthor: Brian_T » Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:30 pm

Hunterdon County, NJ


Thank you to those who trusted me with the care of their crabs. I ended adopted two more crabs who are doing great and I am now at full capacity.

I have plans to upgrade my tank in the fall or winter (after the garden and yard work subsides) and will hopefully be looking to adobt more cabbies soon

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Re: NJ, PA Adopters

PostAuthor: jonemor13 » Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:28 am

Near Oxford PA


I live about 40 minutes from Oxford, PA on the border of MD and DE. I am willing to drive almost anywhere in PA to help with adoptions or rehoming.

Any type of hermit crab is welcomed! I have primary experience with PP's and E's and have just started to work with strawberries, but would love to continue to grow my hermit crab family with other species! I have a comprehensive book for the various species and can provide the adequate temperatures, housing, and food for them since not all hermies are alike.

I have been a proud hermit cab owner for the past seven years, primarily dealing with Purple Pinchers and Ecuadorians. I have two purple pinchers, five Ecuadorians, and just recently got four strawberries. I have four tank setups. All setups have under tank heaters, UV/UB lighting, humidifiers, minimum 8 inches of substrate (I use a mix of baked play sand, coconut fiber, and sphagnum moss), and a mixture of live and fake plants. The 3 larger tanks all have removable climbing backgrounds that I build myself. I have fiber glass cut and attached using magnets for quick cleaning and to change between the tanks every now and then to keep things exciting! All backgrounds have cork bark, cholla wood, drift wood, coconut fiber mixed with excavator clay, and plastic flower pots for hiding spots and for live plants.

For my set ups, I have approximately a 70 gallon, a 55 gallon, a 40 gallon, and a 20 gallon. I also have two isolation tanks that are 10 gallons each. I split the different types of hermit crabs into the tanks so the species do not mix, this way I can better accommodate their needs and give them their preferred choices in food/shells/climbing backgrounds.

My crabitats also have a variety of shells with a wide range of openings for the hermies to check out and change whenever they wish. Some of the shells include jaded turbos, polished gold turbos, green turbos, tapestries, tulips, conch, Babylon areola, and nerites. The shells are cleaned once a month with the same saltwater solution for their dishes to keep them clean and to give me a chance to rotate the shells between the tanks.

I love to spoil my hermies with fresh food, dried food that I mix myself, and live plants that are safe and approved (chia sprouts, dandelions, and air plants primarily). I often make scrambled eggs with the shells included, boiled chicken, and fresh fish from the market (I trim the fish that I am going to eat for dinner and use the trimmings for the hermit crabs). I do not use store bought foods from pet stores because I like to have variety in their diets and do not always trust what is advertised. I also have cuttlebone in every tank and provide sources of carotene for the hermies. I love to give treats as well including honey, fruits, non-salted sardines, and coconuts that has been halved.

I can provide photos upon request (I am new to the association and am still learning how to navigate and post - still haven't learned how to post photos!)

If you think I might be a good match, or would like to know more contact me by PM or ask for my email! If I do not respond within two days, just shoot me another PM, sometimes the notifications get buried and I do not always see that I have messages on this forum!

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Location: Near PA/DE Border. 40 min from Baltimore.

Re: NJ, PA Adopters

PostAuthor: yukon9575 » Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:33 am


Hi if anyone is needing to rehome their Hermit Crabs please let me know will be happy to provide them a home with my crabs I currently have. I'm willing to drive anywhere within the Northampton County Area of PA and Warren and Hunterdon Counties of NJ. Feel free to reach out if your in need of a home for your hermit crabs.

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Re: NJ, PA Adopters

PostAuthor: ashleylovesyou » Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:22 pm

UPDATE: I am currently at crabpacity and no longer looking to adopt, thanks to two successful adoptions through the HCA! Keeping this up in case anything changes, in which case I'll edit this post.

Hi there! I'm Ashley :hello2: I live in South Philadelphia and am looking to adopt one more crab. I've already adopted one crab through the HCA, and once I reach crab-pacity, I'll delete this post.

Below, I've outlined some information you might be interested to know, but feel free to reach out with any additional questions.

Location: South Philadelphia, PA

Travel and meetup: I don't have a car, so meeting somewhere in Philadelphia would be ideal. If I can arrange a ride with a friend, I can be more flexible and probably meet ~10 miles or so outside the city.

Tank size, crabs, and species: 20 gallon with 3 PPs

What I'm able to adopt: I can adopt 1 crab

Crabbing experience: I've only had these crabs a couple of months, but I've been doing extensive research, and I haven't had a single issue. I love pampering my crabs with healthy food and a happy environment.

Why I'd like to adopt: I know hermit crabs are happier around other crabs, so I'd like to add one more to my tank. I prefer not to buy from pet stores because they generally do not have ideal living conditions for hermit crabs and many other animals, so I'd rather not support them by spending my money there.

Crab diet: I try to provide a healthy mix of food from Kilimanjaro's food guide, and I keep a pretty detailed food log that you can check out here: I've been feeding them a variety of food I bought from Hugs for Hermits on eBay, organic food from the grocery store (peanut butter, chicken, veggies, rice cakes, etc.), raw eggs, and baby food that I've frozen into individual portions. I also have two pet birds that I love to spoil, and some of their organic food is great for the crabs (dried fruit and veggies, millet, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc).

Crabitat setup: 6" EE and sand substrate, typically 75-80 degrees, around 80% humidity, saltwater pool with a bubbler, smaller freshwater pool, a 2nd level shell shop, moss, dry sea sponge, cuttlebone, jute netting for climbing, and a couple of hidey huts.


Contact info: Feel free to PM me or email me at ashley.feucht at

LAST UPDATED: 11/16/18
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Re: NJ, PA Adopters

PostAuthor: John6458 » Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:56 pm

York pa.
Looking to adopt . 2 more small or medium
Tank size, crabs, and species: 20 gallon with 3PPs
Willing to drive 20 miles. Near i83 will go down to hunt valley md.

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Re: NJ, PA Adopters

PostAuthor: Motörcrab » Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:28 pm

NorthEast PA

Location (nearest large city, state, country):
Shamokin/Coal Township 17866
Lewisburg 17837

How Far Can You Travel?:
We travel on weekends to do things, mountain bike, concerts, amusement parks, etc. We can even make plans around an adoption, temperature permitting of course. Depending on the situation 1.5-2 hours on weekends, It could be more if we can plan other activities near an adoption location. 45 minutes to an hour weekdays after 5 pm.

Size of Tanks, Number of Crabs, and Species:
We currently have 2 tanks
75 gallon with 5 large Strawberries a 3 large PP's
30 gallon with 1 Ecuadorian and 6 medium PP's
We also have a 20 gallon tall, and several 10 gallons we can start up if they are needed for more crabs.

How Long Have You Been Crabbing?:
I have been crabbing since June of 2017
My wife has been crabby most of her life! LOL! Over 15 years. She has cared for several of our crabs for over 5 years

What You Are Able to Adopt?:
We are looking to adopt any hermit crab varieties that are unwanted or neglected to give them a forever home and make them as content as possible. Currently we would really like to to adopt another Ecuadorian or two since our lost his buddy several months ago while molting.

I Would Like to Be Contacted By:
Private message on here
dcomoss[AT]gmail[DOT]com please put "Hermit Crab Adoption" as the subject

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