Hermit crabs are very resourceful
Now, I am sure you love hermit crabs; I think that’s why you are here – to learn more about those lovely creatures. However, has it ever occurred to you that these lovely creatures are actually more in the wild than they are in captivity? How then do they manage to survive if at all they do not have the luxury of commercial food, artificial shells, moonlight light bulbs for breeding, and many other things that we buy from the pet store?
Well, it would have been impossible for hermits in the wild to survive were it not for the fact that they are resourceful.
Here is how:
The hermit and its diet.
Whenever somebody thinks of taking in a crab as a pet, the first thing that usually comes into that person’s mind is what he or she will feed the pet with. When they are in the wild, they are not picky eaters. They are basically omnivores, and scavengers at that. This means that they can eat both plants and meat, which greatly increases their chances of survival especially in time of scarcity. Some of the foods that crabs eat include fallen fruits, brightly colored vegetables, meat of dead animals, and so on.
The hermit and the shells.
The hermit is a pretty defenseless animal; it does not have a shell to protect its body. For this reason, the crabs usually use the shells of other animals such as sea snails to protect their own bodies. There is nothing special about the seashells. They seem to be the most convenient and available for the crabs to use. When these sea shells are not there, crabs have been seen carrying around debris and glasses in place of these shells. These shells also act like houses in one way or another.
Hermit crab breeding.
Another thing that will tell you that hermits are pretty resourceful creatures is their pattern when it comes to breeding. When the female hermit crab wants to lay her eggs, she usually rushes to the shore of the ocean and then lays her eggs there. She doesn’t just go and dump them on the shore. No. She actually makes a hole and then lays eggs there in plenty. She then covers her eggs with sand and then leaves them to hatch. After hatching, the baby hermits run to the ocean from where they grow up.
All in all, crabs in the wild behave in very different ways compared to hermit crabs that are in your house. When they are in your home, you think of them as cute animals to stay with. From the delicate care that they ask for, whether it is about breeding, feeding or even bathing your hermit crabs, this image remains in your mind. However, when you look at their lives in the wild, you end up seeing them as very resourceful animals. This is the true hermit crab.