Informations (engl.)

... I know I know... I have to translate my blog in english. But at the moment I do not have the time.

The breeding projects are still running and my birdies/friends/computers/games and work need my attention ;) - no time left.

But on this page I will give you some short informations round about my Land Hermit Crabs. On this page you can find a lot of links to my blogpages, photos and videos.

My Land Hermit Crabs

At the moment I take care of round about 39 adult LHC and 27 breedings (some are adults already some are still babies)

You can find pictures of my LHC here:

C. violascens
C. rugosus
C. purpureus
C. clypeatus
C. compressus

My Tanks (Terraria)

It has all begun with an Exo-Terra tank - small sice. Quickly changed to a bigger glass terraria. A higher one followed. And after that I got my first double-tank. And at last a second bigger double-tank followed.

So, at the moment I have two double-tanks, one breeding tank and one transition tank.

English details about my tanks can be found in Sachs crab page Forum:  Sachs crab page - Curlz tanks

Links to my tanks and Hermits

German version with pictures can be found here in my Blog:
First double-tank and its pool
Second double-tank and its pool
Breeding tank (for the teens ;) )

Some (older) photos of my tanks and Hermits dan be found on my picturebook: Curlz' Crabs and Terraria

On my YouTube channel you can see some videos of my tanks, breedings attempts, larvae, breedings and so on:  YouTube Channel: Crabs Curlz


Actually breeding attempt no. 19 is still running. Five breeding attempts were successfully. All are captive bred!
  •  my fifth successful captive breeding again are C. violascens and it was in 2015
    (08.2015 - 11.2015)
    Documentations not yet fisnished
    An engl. translation is not yet finished
    Pictures can be found here on my blog: my fifth breedings
  • my sixth successful captive breedingis  C. clypeatus and it was in 2016
    (08.2016 - 09.2015)
    Documentations not yet fisnished
    An engl. translation is not yet finished.
    Pictures can be found here on my blog: my sixth breeding
    (the breedings did not survive)

Breeding Attempt

If you want to see the development of the larvae, you can see my photos of each breeding attempts:

Breeding Project No 1 - 3
Breeding Project No 4 (successfull)
Breeding Project No 5
Breedings Project No 6 (microscope photos)
Breeding Project No 7
Breeding Project No 8
Breeding Project No 9
Breeding Project No 10
Breeding Project No 11 (successfull)
Breeding Project No 12 (with 5 larvae batches)
Breeding Project No 13
Breeding Project No 14
Breeding Project No 15
Breeding Project No 16 (successfull)
Breeding Project No 17 a 
Breeding Project No 17 b (successfull)
Breeding Project No 18 (successfull)
Breeding Project No 19
Breeding Project No 20 (successfull)
Breeding Project No 21 (still running)


a lot of rumours about captive Land Hermit Crab breedings are going around the internet. Unfortunately many are false!

To counteract this rumours, here are the #FACTS:

The (worldwide) first C. clypeatus  captive breedings were managed by Dany (Naalide / Germany) in 06/2015 - 08/2015.

The (worldwide) first C. variabilis captive breedings were managed by Nat Addicted to HCs (Australia) in 06/2015 - 08/2015.

The (worldwide) first C. violascens captive breedings were managed by me in 01/2012 - 03/2012.
The second C. violascens captive breedings followed 09/2013 - 12/2013.
The third C. violascens captive breedings followed 06/2015 - 08/2015.
The fourth C. violascens captive breedings followed 09/2015 - 10/2015.

The (worldwide) first C. purpureus captive breedings were managed by me in 08/2015 - 10/2015.

All breeding attempts reports can be found in our german LHC Board (called Landeinsiedlerkrebs-Forum). As well as on Danys Blog and on my Curlz Crabs Blog.
Nats report can be found on her Facebook page.

There are several scientific studies and documentations, for example Renae Brodies and Alex Harvey C. compressus documentation. But as far as I know, none of the breedings made it to land - but that was not the intention of this study. Their intention was the development of the larvae.
Katsuyuki Hamasaki successfully raised C. brevimanus and Birgus Latro in his scientific studies.

Apart from that there are no other confirmed or well documented captive breedings reports!


Curlz Blog:
Danys Blog:
Nat Addicted to HCs page:

Larval Development of the Land Hermit Crab Coenobita Compressus H. Milne Edwards Reared in the Laboratory, Journal of Natural History, 48:17-18, 1061-1084, DOI: 10.1163/20021975-99990169

Larval development and emigration behaviour during sea-to-land transition
of the land hermit crab Coenobita brevimanus Dana, 1852 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Anomura: Coenobitidae) under laboratory conditions, Journal of Natural History, 48:17-18, 1061-1084, DOI: 10.1080/00222933.2013.861941

Effects of water availability and migration timing from sea to land on survival and moulting in megalopae and juveniles of the coconut crab, Birgus latro: implications for mass production of juveniles, Journal of Natural History, 48:17-18, 1061-1084, DOI: 10.1163/1937240X-00002163

My breedings are all captive breedings. My LHC mate and bred in captivity.

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