Video of hermit crab changing shells

by | Mar 21, 2011 | Advanced Aquarist | 0 comments

Video of hermit crab changing shells

Photo by James W. Fatherree

Photo by James W. Fatherree, M.Sc. (as published in his December 2010 Advanced Aquarist article: “Crabs in the Marine Aquarium”)

Here is an uncommon video of a common blue-legged hermit crab in the act of changing shells.  Don’t blink … the swap transpires in about one second (a little after the 1:00 mark).  Hermit crabs do not build their own shells, so make sure to provide your hermit crabs additional shells for them to move into as they grow.

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  • Leonard Ho

    I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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