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Common Hermit Crab

Wildlife factAs they grow, hermit crabs move into ever larger shells.

Hermit crabs (Pagurus bernhardus) live inside the empty shells of snail-like animals, particularly whelks and periwinkles. They live on sandy and rocky shores, where they scavenge on plant and animal remains. They have hard pincers, but a soft body which is hidden inside the shell.

How to Identify
This is the largest of several species of very similar hermit crabs.

Distribution
Found all round our shores.

Credit
A recommended reference book for further information is the 'Great British Marine Animals' by Paul Naylor. (www.marinephoto.co.uk)

Photo Credit: © Copyright Paul Naylor

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South and West Wales Amphibian and Reptile Group

Affiliated with the Amphibian and Reptile groups of the UK they join together to do all they can to protect these beautiful creatures.

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