Three Cheers for Hermits!

Three Cheers for Hermit Crabs!

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Edmond is cheering for hermit crabs today! Come learn more about these little crustaceans!

 

H is for Hiding! Hermit crabs hide in the shells of other animals.

H is for Hiding!
Hermit crabs hide in the shells of other animals.

 

E is for empty! Hermit crabs use the empty shells of gastropods to protect their bodies. When they grow, they must find a larger shell.

E is for empty! Hermit crabs use the empty shells of gastropods to protect their bodies. When they grow, they must find a larger shell.

 

R is for respiration! Hermit crabs use gills to breathe!

R is for respiration! Hermit crabs use gills to breathe!

 

M is for many species! There are around 1100 species of hermit crabs on earth.

M is for many species! There are around 1100 species of hermit crabs on earth.

 

I is for invertebrates! Hermit crabs have no backbones!

I is for invertebrates! Hermit crabs have no backbones!

 

T is for terrestrial! Some hermit crabs live on land! While some live in water!

T is for terrestrial! Some hermit crabs live on land! While some live in water!

 

C is for Coconut! The largest terrestrial invertebrate is a hermit crab- the coconut crab!

C is for Coconut! The largest terrestrial invertebrate is a hermit crab- the coconut crab!

 

R is roommates! Some hermit crabs put anemones on their shells for camouflage and protection.

R is roommates! Some hermit crabs put anemones on their shells for camouflage and protection.

 

A is for antennae. Hermit crabs have antennae on their head for feeling and sensing their environment.

A is for antennae. Hermit crabs have antennae on their head for feeling and sensing their environment.

 

B is for back in the day. Hermit crabs have been around since the Late Cretaceous period!

B is for back in the day. Hermit crabs have been around since the Late Cretaceous period!

 

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One thought on “Three Cheers for Hermits!

  1. Dangrdafne

    I would think the would be around for a long time, they see very adaptable if they use others shells to live.

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