The Hermit crab is doing its part by adding beauty to the nature.
The Australian lilt in the voice can be heard. It is like imagining a documentary on hermit crab in the wild.
It is not hidden that the hermit crab owners are curious about the way the life for these crustaceans is prevalent in the wild. It is simply fascinating and wonderful.
Today, hermit crabs are amongst the most exotic and interesting pets to have. If you learn about their natural habitat, you are just increasing your possibilities to keep them happy and healthy.
In the natural state, these crustaceans are found near the ocean and in the tropic regions. The simple explanation to this fact is that they love humidity and find themselves very comfortable in such conditions. These crustaceans are animals of the land and they breathe through their gills. The moisture of the air is used by the gills with the oxygen.
From the name, hermit crab, the first impression of the crustacean would be that of a hermit which is crabby, when it has to be with others. But the activities of this creature contradict its name. It is a social animal actually. When you are adopting a crab, try to do it in numbers of three or four. The presence of the other hermit crabs would only add life to the environment where it is kept.
The world is full of people who actually buy hermit crabs in dozens at a single time. When you reach home, you do not have to worry about placing them. Just keep them in the same tank, and they would enjoy each others’ company.
The burrowing habit of Hermit Crab!
In the wild, the aspect for which they are famous is their burrowing habit. They simply love to burrow. Another piece of information is that these guys love to investigate. In case they encounter an obstacle on their path, they prefer going over it or under it. They do not know how to go around an obstacle. Now this obstacle on the way can be another crab.
This animal has another interesting aspect in the form of the birth place. These are born in the ocean. The Harriet the Hermit Crab lays eggs in the sand, well buried. The tide takes the eggs to the ocean water. The eggs are hatched there and they eventually grow and develop as a crustacean.
They have gills similar to that of the fish. So they have no problem being born in the ocean as they can easily breathe with the gills. So the source of oxygen for these animals is the ocean water.
These creatures are very small when they are born. After their birth, they head back towards the land. At this point in time, they are approximately 5mm in length. After their arrival at the land, they look for a very tiny shell which they can use as their starter home.
Importance of Humidity
In the life of the hermit crabs, humidity plays the most important role in the early times. The gills require high humidity for proper development. The gills have to be moist at these times. Another reason for humidity importance is the need of moisture for drinking purpose.
For those who had a chance to get to the beach at night might have seen small crabs migrating to the waterline. They do so for breathing the humid air on the beach provided by the dew fallen there.
During its early time in the life, it is extremely prone to the predators. So the crab makes sure that it spends most of its time in the shell itself, which is its starter home. The crab at this stage is very much inactive and you may have the feeling that something is wrong with it. The active part of the crab is seen when it is burrowing itself in the sand.
With these, now you must be having a clear picture of what makes the hermit crab tick. This also gives you ideas regarding taking a good care of your crab.