- Distinguishing characteristics: Hermit crabs lack a shell and must use the shell of another animal. One of their claws is larger than the other.
In the Wild
- Habitat: Hermit crabs live on the beaches, mud flats and shallow waters of the Bay.
- Diet: Hermit crabs eat algae and detritus.
- Predators: The hermit crab is eaten by large fish, blue crabs and snails.
- Size: The size of the hermit crab depends on the species.
- Breeding: Hermit crabs go through several stages of life cycles including a free swimming stage.
In the Aquatics Lab
- Quantity: BTW no longer has any hermit crabs.
- Commercial Uses: They are sold as pets.