Diet- Hermit crabs are omnivors which eat plants and animals. They are scavengers,
eating any dead animals that they find. They eat worms, plankton and organic debri.
Anatomy- Hermit crabs are invertebrates, animals without a backbone. They have
an exoskeleton, an outer shell that provides support for their body but does not provide much protection from predators. They
vary widely in color, from red to brown to purple, with stripes, dots, and other patterns. They have ten jointed legs; the
front two legs have large, grasping claws called pincers or chelipeds and the rear pair of legs are very small. They have
a flattened body, antennae, two eyes located at the ends of stalks, and a soft, twisted abdomen which the hermit crab keeps
hidden inside its shell.
Interesting Fact- It uses other animals' old shells for protection. They especially like
old Whelk shells. As the hermit crab grows in size, it must find a larger shell.
crab coming out of shelter