Adopter Application

Please fill out this form to become an forever home adopter, a temporary rescuer or a transportation assistant. Keep in mind the people who run this program volunteer their time around their jobs and personal lives. All adoption inquiries will be replied to in the order they are received.

A minimum standard of care must be observed in order to be approved.

This includes, but is not limited to, an aquarium, a source of heat (preferably an under the tank heater placed on the back of the tank above the substrate), and natural play sand/Eco Earth mix for substrate (or play sand only).

20 gallon tank minimum. Small and medium crabs must have at least 5 gallons of space per crab. Large crabs and C. compressus (ecuadorians) must have at least 10 gallons of space minimum per crab. Jumbo hermit crabs must have at least 15 gallons of space minimum per crab.

We do not accept totes as permanent housing. A glass or acrylic tank is required. Exceptions will be made for short term fostering and transporting.

We will work with you to improve anything that is not up to standard to help you get approved. We want you to be approved! All adopters with Facebook will need to join our private adopter group and submit thorough photos of their tank:
When you join the group please take a moment to look through the units before submitting your photos. When making your first post please include the following:

Name as it appears on your adoption application:
Tank size:
How many crabs do you currently have:
Please describe how your tank is setup:
What products were used to make the substrate in your tank:
What products are used to make the water for their pools:

If you don't have facebook you can email us the pictures to:

Our Newbies Guide to Hermit Crabs:

Setting up your crabitat correctly:

99.9% of adoptees are C. clypeatus, the purple pincer crab, Caribbean crab, PP.

We do require adopters to be at least 18 years old or to have parental consent. If you need consent email us a photo of your parent or guardian holding a sign with the current date saying they approve you to adopt from the CSJ adoption program.

Please use care and caution when arranging in person hand offs and make your own personal safety the top priority.

You will receive a confirmation email to the address provided on the form. If you don't get an email confirmation, check your spam folder. If you still are not able to find the confirmation email, resubmit your form with a correct e-mail address.
Email address *
Land Hermit Crab Owners Society and The Crab Street Journal Adoption Program
I am interested in becoming a... *
Your name *
What is your age? *
What is your zip code? *
What is your city? *
How far (miles) are you willing to travel to pick up adoptees? *
How long (years) have you been a hermit crab owner? *
How many hermit crabs can you adopt or foster? *
How many hermit crabs do you currently have? *
How big are your hermit crabs? *
How big (gallons) is the crabitat in which adopted crabs will live? (Must be at least 20 gallons) *
Briefly describe your crabitat *
All adopters with Facebook will need to join our private adopter group and submit thorough photos of their tank: Please see the information provided above on how to make your fist post in the group. If you don't have Facebook you can email us the pictures to:
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