Strawberry Hermit Crab (Coenobita perlatus)

Also known as Land Hermit Crab, Strawberry Crab, Strawberry Hermy, Strawberry Land Hermit Crab, Terrestrial Hermit Crab

Description

Also known as Land Hermit Crab, Strawberry Crab, Strawberry Hermy, Strawberry Land Hermit Crab, Terrestrial Hermit Crab.

Found on the land close to shorelines sometimes buried during the day in the damp substrate to prevent water loss or amongst foliage debris over grass and sandy areas of off-shore islands. They keep a supply of water in their shells replenishing the water nocturnally when they feed.
They feed nocturnally on carrion, flies and other snails.
Length - 8cm
Depth - ?m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Hermit crabs change their shells regularly but only when they find a larger and newer shell to feel safe in! (edit) Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coenobita_perlatus

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