They are found from central Florida south throughout the Caribbean.
They are found on shallow coral reefs, tide pools and shorelines during the early part of their lives. As adults they live on land.
They have 4 walking legs, 4 small shell legs, a small pincher, a large purple pincher, and 4 antennae. Their shells can vary in how they look, because they find them and move in! They switch shells as they get bigger.
They are nocturnal. As they grow, hermit crabs abandon their shell and move into a larger one.
They are scavengers, eating what they can find including algae, small sea creatures and debri that has fallen to the sea floor.
They lay eggs in the water, where they burst and release the baby crabs (larvae). The larvae will float in the ocean for about almost 2 months then settle to the bottom and make their way to land. Once land bound, it will continue to metamorphose (change) to suit its new life on land. During this time their gills become more lung-like in function.
Species: C. clypeatus
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