A fact that children may be interested to know is that hermit crabs are not really hermits but are rather social animals. They interact and feed together with their kind in the wild. They received their name because they... More » Pets & Animals Marine Life Crabs

Hermit crabs use their shells to hide from predators like seagulls, larger crabs, sea stars and snailfish. These animals are at their most vulnerable when they leave one shell for another, which they must do as they grow... More »

In their natural environment, hermit crabs eat decaying wood, grasses, plants, fallen fruit and things washed up on shore from the tide. Land hermit crabs are omnivores, meaning they eat both plant and animal matter. More » Pets & Animals Marine Life Crabs
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