We are pleased to announce our first ever hermit crab conference!
Anyone with interest in land hermit crabs is invited to attend. This is a chance for hermit crab hobbyists to come together and get to know each other, learn and shop. You do not have to be a member of our organization to attend. Free and open to all!
The main event at this conference will be the adoption of Mary Aker’s 204 captive bred and raised Coenobita clypeatus and Coenobita compressus. You must be pre-approved to adopt prior to the event. The adoption application form is here: Apply to adopt baby hermit crabs
You are not required to be a LHCOS member to adopt but you must meet the minimum standards of care observed by our organization.
Where: Lockport NY Hampton Inn
When: July 13-14, 2019 (Start/end times TBD)
Who: Hosted by Mary Akers
You are not required to book a room at the Hampton Inn, but that is where all of the events will be taking place. If you do want to stay there, here is a link for a group rate room: Land Hermit Crab Group Rate Link
We are currently booking speakers and vendors for the event. If you are interested in speaking or vending at the event please contact us.
- Hermit Crab Breeding – Presenter: Mary Akers
- Building a Vertical Crabitat – Presenter: Stacy Griffith
- Involving Kids in the Proper Care of Hermit Crabs – Presenter: Kaitlyn Peplowski
- Coenobia species identification – Presenter: Stacy Griffith
- Bioactive Crabitat – Presenter: Courtney Karr
- Hermit crab shells including baby sizes will be available for purchase from Ken Lipe
- Food, Hermit Crab Common Species poster, event t-shirt from The Crab Street Journal store will be available for purchase
- Hermit Crab-related pottery, baby crab food packs, adult crab mixes from Mary Akers
Check back for updates!
Here is a TENTATIVE schedule for the conference.
July 12, 13, and 14, 2019
Crab Con, International
Friday afternoon/evening, July 12th
Conference Hotel: Check-in. Early arrivals will have the opportunity (completely optional) to personally select your own crabs on the evening before the conference begins. First come, first pick. After selection, your babies will be placed into your personal, labeled travel tat, which will be reserved for retrieval Sunday morning at the post-conference pick-up. Early selection may occur at the conference hotel if they will grant us a space to do this and conditions permit it. If not, it will happen at my home, but the window to do so will be restricted (strictly) to one hour so that it doesn’t occupy my entire Conference Eve. Time: TBD, but roughly 6pm-ish.
Individual meet-and-greets as desired.
Conference Room set-up for sellers. I’m hoping they will let us in Friday night to set up our sales tables. If not, we can do it early Saturday, but my preference would be to just roll in Saturday morning, ready to go.
Saturday July 13th
Conference Room Activities:
9am to 5pm:
Crab Con Marketplace. Seller tables will be open for sales of crab-related items during regular business hours.
Official Opening of the First Annual International Crab Con. Coffee and Donuts served. Announcements and late registration for those who still need to pick up their packets.
10 – 11am:
Free time / marketplace shopping time.
11 – 11:45am:
Coenobita Species Identification. A slide presentation and talk by Stacy Griffith.
Noon – 12:45pm:
Breeding Land Hermit Crabs. A slide show and discussion led by Mary Akers. (Lunch can be eaten during the talk. If someone wants to coordinate an order of Panera sandwiches, this could be a communal thing. Otherwise, individuals are responsible for takeout.)
1 – 1:30pm:
Involving Kids in the Proper Care of Hermit Crabs. A talk and slide show by Kaitlyn Peplowski.
Building a vertical crabitat. A slideshow tutorial by Stacy Griffith.
3 – 3:45pm.
Establishing a Bioactive Crabitat by Courtney Carr.
Marketplace closes. Swap out auditorium seating for banquet seating.
Open House at Mary Aker’s home (about a mile north of the Conference Hotel) for a tour of her breeding setup and main crabitat. Adopters who are leaving early can pick up their baby crabs during the Open House if desired.)
7pm till ?:
Optional Dinner / Social Time in the Conference Room: Coordinate $$ and delivery of local pizza with (authentic) Buffalo wings (or individuals can bring their own take-out items).
Sunday, July 14th:
9am-Noon: Marketplace sales continue—as desired by sellers and attendees.
9am-Noon: Adopters pick up their travel tats and baby crabs and make any follow-up payments for additional available crab babies (as needed).
Official close of conference.
Some frequently asked questions:
1) Yes, there is an adoption fee. My goal has always been to see hermit crabs valued as exotic, long-lived pets. And if I–who painstakingly raised them from birth–can’t value these special little creatures in that way, then who will? It feels like it’s up to me, from Day One, to expect the world to place a value on captive-bred hermits. All adoption fees will go toward funding future breeding attempts.
2) Yes, you can *request* a species as we get closer to the date, but I absolutely cannot guarantee I will be able to honor anyone’s special species requests. There are still too many unknowns in terms of survival and species count. Also, it is my firm conviction that ALL of these babies are special, no matter their species.
3) If adopters want to swap with each other to get the species/crab they most want, I have no problems with that.
4) The babies will come with official, signed adoption papers, a travel bin, and some basic supplies to help get you back home safely. (Adopters should plan to bring their own digital gauge for monitoring conditions on the trip home.)
5) Additional babies will *likely* be available at the end of the adoption weekend. If so, approved adopters may get more than two, as desired. I just can’t predict how many I will have until much closer to the date, so I’m being conservative now.
6) I can keep the babies at my home until Sunday morning if people don’t want to keep them in their air-conditioned hotel rooms. That way you can pick up on your way out of town.
7) I will provide a sheet to each adopter with dates and information slots for the quarterly growth and behavior check-ins.
8) The first 50 (fifty) approved adoption applications will be guaranteed (as much as one can–barring any tragic, unforeseen losses). All applications after #50 will be added to a waiting list and filled in the order they were approved as the number of available crabs becomes more concrete.