I saw on tropicshells.com, they were selling crabs in native shells for .85 a piece as well as crabs in painted shells, which I wouldn't ever buy those anyway if I want a healthy crab. They are also selling those inadequate plastic kritter keepers. So I am wanting everyone's opinion on this.
Post by aussieJJDude on Feb 4, 2015 1:50:37 GMT -5
I heard of people going to livehermitcrab.com but from what I can gather, the shop can be a bit dodgy and will take months before your crabs even get to your home.
A good place to get more crabs - permitting you have room - would be to adopt. After all, all hermit crabs in those shops come from the wild which could have a great impact on the population resulting in these beautiful creatures becoming endangered. Best thing to do is adopt rather than shop; plus your giving a unwanted/abused crab a second chance in life, not to mention that you can get them for free or for a small price - and other interesting goodies like shells, tank decor ect.
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I've never had any problems with 'Impulse Buying'. They're just hermit's that I forgot I had planned to get
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Feb 4, 2015 5:52:42 GMT -5
Yes crabby131 I and many others here have both ordered crabs online as well as had them shipped from other members looking to re-home their crabs but here is my take on it.
*I do agree with aussieJJDude that adopting is better than shopping for the reasons he mentioned (the crabs I have bought online were exotics I couldn't get in stores or locally).
*That 85 cent crab becomes a $26 crab if the company you mentioned ships them responsibly since that's what it costs to ship them overnight as is required to get them there as safely & quickly as possible (and I wouldn't recommend doing it this time of year anyway unless they were shipping both from and to the South) so it ends up being way more expensive than adopting for a fee or getting them from your local pet store.
*I personally wouldn't buy crabs from a company that sells them in painted shells even if they also offer naturals as you are endorsing the practice and essentially helping to pay for them to do it again.
*Shipping crabs CAN be done but it is ALWAYS a risk.
When I bought mine online I bought them from The Hermit Crab Patch (they no longer sell live crabs) and from the site aussieJJDude mentioned livehermitcrabs.com and there are numerous threads here on how crappy THAT company is on customer service and the amount of time you end up waiting for your crabs; that's how my Es ended up in their own tank. I had set up a tank in anticipation for some Aussie crabs I ordered but after waiting 6 months and getting all manner of excuses (when she even bothered to answer) I gave up & demanded a refund.
≈19 clypeatus, 4 perlatus & 8 compressus in 4 tanks
Ditto on the livehermitcrabs.com; I ordered in September, got one email reply in October, and could get no response after that. Amex is currently attempting to get my money back. I don't know how, but I wish there was a way to get this company taken out of business. No excuse.
On the other hand, I ordered from Reptile City with 2 for 1 strawberries (but they have other crabs), and got the most beautiful, nicest crabs you could ever imagine. As soon as I unpackaged them, they walked calmly into my hand, and after a brief soak in salt water, were eating in front of me on the same day. One went to molt after a few days, but the female is literally awake 24/7, all over the tank, not the least bit shy, and just a joy. (I know..I am maybe too new to have strawberries, but I am 100% dedicated to their survival and thriving). Will send a pic.
I would also highly support adopting but as Sach said it is hard to find strawbs to adopt if that is what you are looking for. Sadly there are probably a lot of large crabs out there that outgrow tanks and space, just like fish, turtles ,etc. I think it is worthwhile looking at a number of pet stores if you are buying from there; in my area, one Petsmart has them on gravel, while another has deep proper substrate, hides, two pools, etc. After pleading with one about conditions and praising the other, guess who I wanted to support with my $-not just for crabs but other supplies, as well.
www.reptilecity.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=reptiles&Category_Code=HERMIT is the link I think and the # is 888-220-3536 but can do internet order. Their email is email@example.com. They have both wholesale and retail divisions. They told me if I had a $200 order I would get wholesale rates-anybody need a lot of crabs, hehe. The strawberries were $29.99 and SO worth it. They are no longer on sale but the small PP's are half price for $2.99! Maybe I just got lucky but I swear if I got to pick out two crabs out of a hundred I think I would pick just the ones they sent; so very acclimated and healthy. I just put some food in the tank and was 2 inches from the girl and other than retracting her antennae just a tad she did not shy away at all and went back to her business.
I opted for the 2 day shipping at $40 for the health of the crabs which is not that bad really; they have a cheaper slow mail option but would not do that this time of year with freezing temps everywhere..
I did order over the phone after my last experience and so that I could specify what size and personality I was looking for and they were very helpful.
Reptile City sounds like they are a more responsible dealer than LHC.
Well...it sounds like they have healthier crabs at any rate but I wouldn't wanna ship straws anywhere this time of year, let alone 2 day shipping. At least LHC does overnight shipping (in my opinion the only way to do it) and for less than $40 too.
≈19 clypeatus, 4 perlatus & 8 compressus in 4 tanks
You are ABSOLUTELY right, Sach. It was irresponsible of me to order this time of year. To be honest, I forgot; it has been 80 degrees outside where I live and I sometimes lose track of what season it is. I thought about it AFTER they were on the way, and shuddered to think about them sitting in a USPS truck while the guy went somewhere warm for lunch
It is heartbreaking to think of the long brutal journey all of our crabs have, it is no picnic for PP's to be crammed in boxes and brought from the Caribbean, either. I look forward to captive bred crabs being widely available..someday.
I only console myself by thinking that THESE crabs won't be eaten by a seagull, or starved because of overpopulation, or infested with parasites, or basically anything bad that I can prevent them from suffering.
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