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Hermit Crab Looking for a New Shell

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Hermit Crab Looking for a New Shell

Picture by: Florian Graner, Sealife Productions Picture taken on: March 2nd, 2011

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As the hermit crab grows in size, it has to find a larger shell and abandon the previous one. This habit of living in a second hand shell gives rise to the popular name of hermit crab.