S: Hermit Crabs by Lauren Stiller
BC: Bibliography Pictures - From Yahoo. com Information- From Ocean Life by Alison Howard, Reptiles and Amphibians by Dee Phillips, Children's Guide to Sea Creatures by Jinny Johnson, and Encyclopedia of Seas and Oceans by Ben Denne.
FC: Hermit Crabs
1: Shells Food Habitats Adaptations Body Parts Life Cycle
2: Shells Hermit crabs live in shells. The size and shape of the shell depends on the size and shape of the hermit crab. If a hermit crab has outgrown its shell, it will find and choose another one. Shells come in small, medium, and large. The opening of the shell has to fit the hermit crab.
3: Food/Water A hermit crab eats many things. In the wild, they eat fruit, flowers, and tree bark. Domesticated hermit crabs eat food you buy at pet stores and can also eat chopped lettuce and apple. You need to feed a hermit crab a calcium block to help strengthen their shell. Hermit crabs get water from wet sponges or water dishes.
4: Habitats A hermit crab needs a habitat to survive. Its habitat should have sand, shells, food, a wet sponge, a house, and something to climb on. The cage should have a lid and it should have holes in it for air. A cage can hold 2 hermit crabs per gallon.
5: Adaptations Hermit crabs have adapted by hiding in their shells so predators can't get them. They have adapted to moist sand and warm environments. In the wild, they have learned to find their own food and eat dead sea creatures. In the wild, if a hurricane or cold weather comes, the hermit crab will bury itself in the sand. They will pinch if they feel threatened!
6: Body Parts A hermit crab's body parts are: eyes, legs, claws, thorax, shell, and back legs (tucked in shell). Each body part is very important for a hermit crab to survive. Its claws help it eat, its legs help it move, its eyes help it see, and its thorax and back legs help it stay in the shell.
7: Life Cycle A hermit crab starts out as an egg. It hatches into a microscopic creature called a Zoea. It grows into a bigger creature, then into a juvenille crab. Finally, it changes into an adult crab.