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Juvenile Strawberry Land Hermit Crab

Juvenile Strawberry Land Hermit Crab

Hermit Crabs are a dime a dozen on Filitheyo Island, and probably all over the rest of the Maldives too.

Coenobita perlatus, is a species of terrestrial hermit crab. It is known as the strawberry hermit crab because of its reddish orange colours. It is a widespread scavenger across the Indo-Pacific.

Juvelines are white with red antennae, but as they grow and moult, their orange and red colouring appears. During their younger years, they are more of a pale red or orange colour. As adults, they are very red. Their eyestalks are the same colour as their body and are thick. Their walking legs are thick and strong for climbing.

They are most active at a relative humidity of about 80% and a temperature of about 27°C.

They can live for around 30 years in the wild. In captivity they have been known to live for about 32 years.

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Photo taken on 23 November 2011 (© warrenski / Flickr)

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