Welcome four new Local Representatives! Meet Moa, Darcy, Serina and Danielle:
Darcy Madsen joins us from central Texas. She lives in Belton with her husband, Luke, and four teenage daughters; Faith (17), Emma (16) Brooke (16), and Gracelynn (14). Darcy has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and a teaching degree from Texas Teachers. She has been a school teacher for 11 years and currently teaches AVID to 6th grade students.
Darcy’s passion for hermit crabs started in a beach side shop in Port Aransas, Tx while on a family vacation. Her daughter, Brooke, saw the cute little creatures in their adorable painted shells and asked if she could buy 2 with her own money. After speaking with the store employee about how to care for them, Darcy said yes to the new family pet. The hermit crabs fascinated the whole family, leading each member to purchase their own pet crabies. As the vacation came to a close, the Madsen’s loaded the car and headed home with 12 hermit crabs and 100% wrong information! Fortunately, it only took a couple of nights to discover just how misinformed they were before Darcy and her girls began researching all they could. Their research led them to CSJ and then LCHOS. It was there, Darcy found a wonderful community full of rich resources and loving staff to get her on the right track with proper care for their new hermit crabs.
Darcy and her girls soon found themselves head over heels for their new crabie friends. This compelled Darcy and her girls to continue the ripple effect of hermit crab education through the creation of their YouTube channel, Crab Central Station. Darcy enjoys helping others as a moderator and is now looking forward to bringing CSJ and LCHOS research based care to her community!
Serina also joins us from central Texas. She writes:
As a child, I fell in love with hermit crabs at the beach and like most was given a critter keeper, sponges, and poor information. After those crabs died my parents and I became discouraged on owning crabs and didn’t get any more. Fast forward to 2019 and wanting another pet besides our 5 dogs, hermit crabs! I immediately began researching and very fortunately found LCHOS on facebook and thus found The Crabstreet Journal. I realized the lack of correct information available on hermit crabs locally to me so helping to educate others on proper care for these beautiful creatures has become my passion.
Moa joins us from Sweden. She writes:
I’m an animal lover and bookworm from Sweden. I work in a library and love to read both books and fanfiction. I’ve had pets my entire life; plenty of rats, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc., and got into reptiles and invertebrates when I was a teenager. The only furry pet I have nowadays is my adorable miniature bull terrier. I also have land snails, tarantulas, scorpions, isopods, different feeder insects, and a pair of old corn snakes. And, of course, my hermit crabs. 35+ individuals, of five different species. My oldest is a C. brevimanus, and he has been with me for about ten years now. Back then my boyfriend and I were friends with a pet store owner, and were there one night when they got a delivery of animals. One of the boxes contained ten adorable E’s (C. compressus), and I couldn’t resist to bring two of them back home with me. Luckily I’m a very inquisitive person who often goes all in when I get a new pet/hobby/obsession, and I just wasn’t satisfied with the information I had found in my own language. I googled in English and found so much more! This was in -09. I was horrified when I realised that the information we had access to was a sure recipe for tragedy for these animals. In -10 I began to write the first correct care sheets in Swedish. In -11 I had started the first Swedish hermit crab forum, to reach the keepers here in my country. I contacted pet store chains about their care sheets, and talked to the employees at pet stores when I happened upon stores that kept hermit crabs. Pet stores here are still bad at keeping hermit crabs, but many of them has really good info now. To learn new information, educate others, and inspire change to give hermit crabs a better chance at survival and a good life in captivity is very important to me.
Danielle join us from Ohio:
Danielle lives near Columbus, Ohio. She shares 4 children with her husband: Two boys age 14, a boy age 16, and a girl age 16. She has 14 crabs, including 4 captive-bred babies in two tanks. Hermit Crabs have been a passion of hers since she was in elementary school, though she didn’t hear much about proper care until her adult years. Danielle can’t wait to share what she knows and help anyone she can.