Although hermit crabs must keep their gills moist in order to be able to breathe, they cannot breathe underwater. In fact, they will die if they are submerged in water because their gills will not provide the oxygen they... More »

Some of the most important and interesting adaptations the hermit crab have developed is its diligent exploration and occupation of gastropod shells. Unlike other crustaceans, the hermit crab does not have its own shell.... More »

The vast majority of crabs have gills, much like fish, which extract oxygen dissolved in water. Even when they are on land, the gills can still absorb oxygen as long as they are kept moist. There is also a small selectio... More »

The vast majority of crabs have gills, much like fish, which extract oxygen dissolved in water. Even when they are on land, the gills can still absorb oxygen as long as they are kept moist. There is also a small selectio... More »

Hermit crabs kept as pets can easily live for over 10 years if cared for properly. One crab owner, Carol Ormes of Ft. Myers, Florida, kept a pair of crabs that lived to be over 30 years old. More »

According to the Seattle Aquarium, there are over 500 different species of hermit crabs around the world. In spite of what their name implies, hermit crabs are not solitary animals and can usually be found in groups of a... More »

According to The Hermit Crab Patch, hermit crabs are omnivorous scavengers. In captivity, they can be fed a range of plant and meat varieties, but the size of their meals needs to be properly adjusted to their size, acco... More »

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