Adorable Hermit Crab Is On The Hunt For A More Spacious Home

For hermit crabs, a suitable shell is one of the most essential elements of their survival. Why? Because their shells are their greatest defense mechanism. It of course provides them with a source of armor against potential predators, but that’s not all.

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 5.17.23 PM

Their shells also shield them from the elements. Without them, these little guys would quickly bake under the hot sun, particularly in tropical climates.

But finding the perfect home isn’t as easy as calling up a real estate agent and having them do all the leg work.

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 5.15.50 PM

Instead, they have to find the perfect shell. It should be the right size—not too spacious, and without any holes. And while that may sound easy, finding the right size can be a real challenge. And it’s not as though their work is done once they find the right fit.

As they continue to grow, they continue to find themselves in search of a new shell.

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 5.16.18 PM

Article continues below

Our Featured Programs

See how we’re making a difference for People, Pets, and the Planet and how you can get involved!

And even then, the process of finding a suitable home doesn’t start and stop with the individual’s needs. Instead, they have to be patient.

Once they find a shell—any ol’ shell will do (preferably intact, of course), it becomes a waiting game. Eventually, another hermit crab will come along. From there, more crabs join and they will finally begin the exercise of creating a queue—arranging themselves from largest to smallest.

And that’s when the real-estate transactions begin!

In the video below, you’ll see how a group of hermit crabs execute a near-perfect exchange of homes. It’s by far one of the most bizarre rituals I’ve ever seen! Check it out!

Protect the Planet

Help preserve vital habitat at The Rainforest Site for free!

Whizzco