Lief Erikson and Spike share a grape.
Lief gave me a heart attack this morning. Big Girl has been burrowed for a week or so and today, I discovered Lief strutting around in Big Girl’s shell. I broke the rules and dug around, expecting to find Big Girl naked and freshly molted…but instead I find her in a new shell, looking annoyed that I disturbed her nap. Ugh. Crab drama.
After experimenting with tons of fancy toys and decorative pieces, I’ve discovered that my crabs’ favorite climbing toys are the shells I stick in the substrate. Everything was boiled today so it’s time for a climbing frenzy!
I put soybeans in the food dish, leave the room for one minute, and come back to this.
These photos are from a few years ago, but this was the biggest hermit crab we ever found in the bay! What a big cutie.
How can you not fall in love with those eyeballs?
This lovely lady was carrying eggs! She was returned home to the water after a brief photo shoot.
It’s so cool seeing how different the aquatic hermit crabs in the bay are!
SO. MANY. FRIENDS! All friends were returned to the bay after this photo. (At one point, I held 14 hermit crabs at once. It was great.)
The land crab — long a favorite vacation souvenir — requires an unexpected amount of nurturing if it’s going to make it more than a few weeks at home.
I live by the beach and feel a pang of despair every time I see hermit crabs at a souvenir shop. Hopefully, more people will understand that no animal (be it a crab, a fish, a frog, or something else) is ever a “souvenir.”
Super secret crab meeting in progress.
LG sits in her cave, plotting her next act of tank destruction.