You can now pre-order my book “Crabnapped! A Land Hermit Crab Story” for the Hardcover Edition.

“Rocky and Crusty are two land hermit crabs from tropical Broome, Western Australia. In the heat of the day, the land hermit crabs hide beneath leaf litter or in trees and sleep. At sundown, you can see hermit crabs on the beaches or mangroves in search of food.

There they meet other crabs including Moxie the scary soldier crab, Brutus the huge mud crab and Fitzy the Fiddler Crab – who has one claw much bigger than the other.” (Read more)

You will receive a signed edition with a special note from Vanessa.

Orders over $300 receive free shipping.


“Crabnapped! A land hermit crab story” children’s book

Original price was: $30.00.Current price is: $27.00.

You can now order “Crabnapped! A Land Hermit Crab Story” – a hardcover colour children’s book written by Vanessa Pike-Russell with the assistance of Geoff Pike, lovingly illustrated by Anastasia Obrucicova.

Readers in the USA and other nations can purchase Crabnapped via. Amazon USA. which. doesn’t ship. hardcovers to Australia.

AUSTRALIAN readers can now purchase the softcover on Amazon Australia direct  [BUY HERE]
If you don’t to wait for a signed copy of the HARDCOVER you can buy it through Amazon UK  [BUY HERE]

If you’re reading this and you’re a teacher, please reach out as I am offering a free PDF of my book for educational purposes and I have lesson plans available for your use for free!

The Complete Guide to Land Hermit Crabs and Their Care

The Complete Guide to Land Hermit Crabs and Their Care: Changing the Mindset of Hermit Crab Keeping


  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09LZX7NQL
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (November 16, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 257 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8451301531
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.26 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7 x 0.61 x 10 inches

The Complete Guide to Land Hermit Crabs and Their Care is a detailed look at land hermit crabs of the Coenobita species, their unique biology and required care for long-term survival as pets. Hermit crabs can live decades if cared for properly. This book follows the Land Hermit Crab Owners Society care guidelines which are based on twenty plus years of research data applicable to decapod crustaceans. Hermit crabs are not throw-away pets or an ideal animal for a child. They are a complex exotic pet and require a specific environment in which to thrive.

In this full-color guide to successfully keeping hermit crabs as pets you’ll discover basic biology, plenty of images, a chapter on breeding, and a resource section full of helpful links. You’ll also find information on current captive breeding projects. You’ll learn how to meet your hermit crab’s nutritional needs and how to feed them from your pantry. Stacy will teach you the proper shells to choose, where to buy them and how to measure shells even when they’re currently inhabited. Potential issues like how to handle a hermit crab who has left its shell, what to do if you get ants in your crabitat and how to care for a hermit crab during surface molts will also be discussed.

Pick up your copy now to transform your land hermit crab into a healthy, thriving crab!

Stacy Griffith has been president of the Land Hermit Crab Owners Society and owner of The Crab Street Journal since 2008. She began keeping hermit crabs in 2003. After taking over LHCOS and CSJ she began reading scientific research studies to further educate herself on the biological needs of hermit crabs so that she could improve care practices and educate others. Land hermit crabs are marketed as easy, cheap, starter pets for children. In reality, they are a complex animal with specific environmental needs that are beyond the abilities of a child. Stacy hopes to change the mainstream mindset so that hermit crabs can thrive in captivity for decades instead of just surviving for a year or two.



10 Little Hermit Crabs by Lee Fox and Shane McGowan

  • Paperback: 27 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1st edition (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545591228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545591225
  • Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle 

  • Age Range: 5 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
  • Lexile Measure: 540L
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Min edition (August 20, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887081681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887081682
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 0.3 x 5.5 inches

Does Anyone Know Where a Hermit Crab Goes by Michael Glaser 

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knickerbocker Pub Co (June 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911635009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911635003
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces

Herman, the Hermit Crab by Elaine Fantle Shimberg

  • Grade Level: 1 – 2
  • Perfect Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Abernathy House Publishing; 1st edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974194026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974194028
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 7.5 inches

Holly Hermit Crab’s New Friends by Ann Graves 

  • Paperback: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Austin Macauley (May 29, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1528986253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1528986250
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches

Is This a House for Hermit Crab? by Megan Mcdonald,
McDonald/schindler, S.D. Schindler

  • Age Range: 2 – 4 years
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What’s this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531070417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531070413
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces

Never Underestimate a Hermit Crab by Daniel Kaye

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Zenescope; Special edition (April 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939683254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939683250
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches


  • Hardcover: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st Edition. edition (April 29, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521306906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521306904
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds


The Choya Log: A planner for hermit crab owners by Stacy Griffith (Author), Moa Lundberg (Photographer)

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (December 26, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1650609787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1650609782
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches