Hi! My name is Vanessa Pike-Russell and I have been
keeping Australian Land Hermit Crabs as pets since 1994. That's
over 14 years of learning about these cute little critters. I first
learned of them when I was studing to be a primary school teacher
(elementary education in the US) and needed a pet that I could keep
in a one bedroom apartment. I soon realised that with their insomniac
ways (more active at night) and their love of my favourite foods
(popcorn, peanut butter and trail mix) that I had found a pet that
is relatively low maintenance and perfect for small living spaces.
In 2002 I wrote a book on Australian Land Hermit
Crabs as Pets with the help of some Land Hermit Crab Owners Society
members which features with full colour photos and illustrations
with easy to follow checklists and care sheets.
This book will soon be made available via lulu and
blurb or as a digital download. You can read more about the book
In the meantime please feel free to view the caresheets
and lesson plans and if you would like me to visit a school to talk
about land hermit crabs please feel free to drop me an email.