Karen  Moore

Lehigh Acres, United States

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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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