Researchers at Tuft’s University and the New England Aquarium have uncovered an amazing example of social behavior among the common pet trade Terrestrial or Land Hermit Crab (Coenobita clypeatus).
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Hermit Crabs protect the soft parts of their bodies by moving into the discarded shells of snails and other creatures. Finding the right-sized home is a matter of life and death, as shell-less crabs are quickly eaten by predators. It is also a constant concern for the crabs – as they grow, they need to find increasingly larger shells.
Deprived of shells, the crabs will try anything – one researcher described as “pathetic” their attempts to shelter within bottle caps and pen tops! Read More »