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I captured this hermit on the flats in Estero Bay Florida. I almost stepped on him for his choice of home, is so much like the mud on the flat he blended in his back ground so well. I have seen many hermits, seem every time I visit the flats you can find one wading in the shore, but this is far, the biggest I have found. I think he needs a bigger home and there are many empty conch shells for him to choose from here on the flats. Many in perfect shape. This could be why he has not left this shell yet. He is looking for one that is not so pretty. Seem, he likes to be incognito.

The hermit crab carries his shell on his back. This borrowed “home” provides shelter and protection from predators in the wild. Like many shell-wearing animals, when the crab feels threatened, it pulls into its shell to hide. Inside its shell, a hermit crab’s body is made up of two main parts. One part, the cephalothorax, is made of a combination of the head and thorax. The other part is the crab’s abdomen. On its head are the eyes, on stalks, two sets of antennae, and a mouth. The thorax contains five sets of legs. Two pairs of these legs are legs used for walking; walking legs. Two sets are used to hang onto and stay inside the shell. The final set of legs is the two legs in front, containing the claws.
H is for Hermit Crab
Taken 11/21/2009
Canon Rebel
ISO 100

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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

    lol, that is a great capture Karen.

  • Thanks Kathy for the comment , Hermits are actually a bit of a challenge to capture, they are very shy and fast little creatures. They must have good hearing as well, seem like every movement I made and even the click of my camera he would back in his shell and hide.

    – Karen Moore

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 5 years ago

    OH KAREN!!!!!! HOW FUN is THIS!!!!!!! My heavens … he is a mess, bless his heart … but I’m sure he knows best!!!! Glad you didn’t step on him!!!!! WHAT a cool shot!!!!!

  • Lois, your comment always bring a smile to my face, thanks for stopping by !!

    – Karen Moore

  • photosan
    photosanabout 5 years ago

    oh my..what a heavy burden… this shot…

  • Thanks so much for your wonderful comment! I don’t think they are too heavey for the crabs they seem to carry them around with ease.

    – Karen Moore

  • Christie  Moses
    Christie Mosesabout 5 years ago

    aww this is wonderful! I got the biggest smile at this :)))

  • I am so glad you like it Chrisite, I will have to stop by your place to view your photos!

    – Karen Moore

  • photosecosse /barbara jones
    photosecosse /...about 5 years ago

    Fabulous !! Great fun, looks like he needs to downsize ????

  • Thanks for taking the time to comment. I thought he was a bit big for the shell but he had no trouble getting into it so you may be right he may need to downsize !!

    – Karen Moore

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 5 years ago

    What a great find – - – a fabulous capture!!!!

  • Thanks Lorilee for your wonderful comment

    – Karen Moore

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture, great subject and find.

  • Thanks Rosalie for your wonderful comment. There are so many of them on the flat, I really don’t know why I have not photographed one before.

    – Karen Moore

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartabout 5 years ago

    Oh my gosh,…look at this! Amazing! You did a wonderful job of capturing this lovely Hermit Crab! : )

  • Thanks so much for your wonderful comment

    – Karen Moore

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

  • As always very much appreciated !!! : )

    – Karen Moore

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreabout 5 years ago

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