Bathing

The Importance of Baths Land Hermit Crabs can drown if submerged in water for an extended time (fishermen say around an hour), but they have been observed bathe themselves in shallow pools to replace shell water and wash out any foods and wastes from their shells when in the wild. Hermit Crabs urinate through their […]

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Hermit Crab Researchers

A Abrahams, Peter – University of Toronto. RESEARCH TITLE: Community Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology and Theory Abrams, Peter , J. P. 1993 Desportes Review of Assessments and Decisions: A Study of Information Gathering by Hermit Crabs, by R. W. Animal Behaviour Vol. 46, No. 3, September 1993 http://www.idealibrary.com/links/doi/10.1006/anbe.1993.1235 B Barnes, D. K. Barnes DK. Resource availability: Ancient […]

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Hermit Crab Biology

Land Hermit Crabs have adapted to live on land and can drown if submerged in water. The abdomen of a hermit crab is very soft and vulnerable; unlike ‘true’ crabs, hermit crabs do not have a hard shell to protect themselves. To survive, they must tuck their abdomens within the abandoned shell of a marine […]

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How Old Is My Hermit Crab?

Age is measured by counting the otoliths, or growth rings, at the base of the antennae post-mortem. Size is hard to calculate, as hermit crabs will grow and moult depending on environment, diet, exercise, species and other random factors. However, you can observe the change in the size of Carol of Crab Works’ hermit crabs […]

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Lost Limbs

What is Autotomy?   Comes from the latin words autos for “self” and tomos for “cut Autotomy can be described as self-cutting, Websters dictionary describes autotomy as a “reflex separation of a part (as an appendage) from the body: division of the body into two or more pieces.” Hermit Crabs can autotomize (drop) and regenerate […]

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