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Hermit Crab Migration

(vimeo link) Millions of hermit crabs were observed on the move, carrying their homes on their backs at Nanny Point in the Virgin Islands. The music makes their trip seem like an epic quest! Where are they going? What do they hope to find there? I had no idea, so I looked around and found an [...]

Blown Glass Hermit Crab Shells

Back in my day, hermit crabs had one kind of shell -natural. These days, kids have the choice of painted shells, bejeweled shells, MakerBot shells, LEGO shells and now they can even show off their bodies with these gorgeous blown glass shells by Artist Robert DuGrenier. Link Via Laughing Squid

Hermit Crabs Queue Up To Trade Shells

Biologists studying hermit crabs in a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea discovered something interesting: they’re quite civilized! When a lone crab encountered one of the beautiful new shells, it immediately inspected the [...]

Watch a Hermit Crab Try on a Bottle

(Video Link) Here’s a video that shows two hermit crabs looking for new homes. One tries a new pad and finds that it isn’t to his liking. The other is interested in a hip and trendy glass bottle, but learns that although it’s pretty, it’s hard to live in. -via The Mary Sue

Printing New Homes For Hermit Crabs

Hermit crab homelessness is reaching critical levels, leaving many of these fine clawed fellows without a shell of their own. Now, thanks to 3d printers and our tireless search for new things to print out, there’s a solution: custom printed hermit crab shells! The printed shells will last longer, look cooler and are sure to stir [...]

Hermit Crab Eviction

Getting evicted from your house isn’t something that happens only to humans. Sophie Mowles and colleagues filmed one such eviction event in hermit crabs: To evict a fellow crab from a coveted shell, the attacker will rap on the outside of it. This can either result in an eviction, and the attacker can move into its [...]