Land Hermit Crab Owners Society
Below are the 10 most recent journal entries recorded in the "Land Hermit Crab Owners Society" journal:
Oh yeah, this is my new pet that was actually new like 5 weeks ago. Her name is Hilarie after my dear friend otter_pops
, and I love her very much.
Foods eaten by Coenobita purpureus|
I was reading through an article sent to me by a scientist who studies Coenobita and it touched on foods they eat. Some of it we already knew, but there were some interesting items I thought were worth sharing :smile:
Imafuku, M. (2002) Ecology of the Land Hermit Crab Coenobita purpureus on Kikajima Island. II Breeding behaviour, Food, Predator, Orientation and the Environment. Mem. Fac. Sci. Kyoto Univ (Soc. Biol.), 18: 15-34. Dec 2002
"Coenobita purpureus were observed to gather to fish and plants. In t he evening of June 20, 1995, the surgeonfish, Aconthurus pyroferus Kittlitz, bought at a store was put on the beach of Isaneku, and then several crabs gathered to it within several minutes. After a few ten minutes, the fish was covered with a crowd of numerous crabs. Such a crowd was seen until the next morning.
Yellow flowers of Hibiscus tilaceus L. were commonly seen around the beach where crabs bred. Some crabs were observed to devour a dropped half-withered flower of this species on the Isaneku beach at night on July 29, 1995. Further, when I put a fruit of the screw pine, Pandanus odoratussimus L. known as a favorite of h ermit crabs, on the sand surface aside a tree on the same beach at 19:30 on July 23, 1996, soon many crabs gathered. Crabs were also found to climb plants to devour flowers of Scaevola frutesches Krause and Crinium asiaticum L. Especially on the Somani beach, a lot of crabs were observed on the flowers of Crinum planted along the promenade (Fig. 4-4), and some plants had become bald at the top.
Similar to the crabs on Kikajama Island, the land hermit crabs in the South Pacific and Carribean Sea have been reported to feed on flowers and fruits, and also dead fish and turtles (ref. Page & Willason 1983). Coenobita perlatus in Enewetok Atoll have been observed to clear out a fallen tern to feather and bones within a night. Further, isolation of deposited meat from the activity of land hermit crabs through settlement of wire nets induced generation of maggots, evidenced the activity tof hermit crabs as "cleaners" (Page & Willason 1983). An interesting study about the feeding behaviour of land hermit crabs was made by Thacker (1996) who revealed that crabs showed a tendency to avoid food that they had recently eaten, as a result, they fed on various types of foods." (Imafuku, M. p. 24)
Current Mood: grateful
So, I found my Hermit Crab today! Yeah! I actually checked this spot yesterday, seeing as how it's his favorite place to go when I let him out to play. I have a storage container w/bird toys etc. and bird food storage container sitting on top. And there's some space in the back that he likes to hide in, and naturally I looked there yestereday, but he wasn't there. But this morning, he was.
God only knows where that crab has been
x-posted to allexoticbirds
Current Mood: grateful
Current Music: Song For You- City High
So, two days ago, I notice that my Hermit Crab Zell was climbing on his cocunut background, this concerned me, because this meant he could get out. I go to fix it, when the door bell rings, and my friend Jenny had brought her birds over to be grommed. Well, after playing with her birds, and grooming them, I forgot about Zell. I feel horrible.
The next day, I feed him, but don't look for him, forgetting about yesterdays events. He's almost always in his Coco-hut, and I just assumed this.
This afternoon, I feed him again, and lift up his cocunut, and find that he is gone! I've searched everywhere, I really have, and since his aquarium is close to my balcony door, and we have it open a lot, I looked out there, even checked this bushes below, only to be stinged by a hornet (found a hornets' nest)
I feel so stupid and horrible. Who the hell just forgets that there Hermit Crab is just about to escape? Me apparently. I'm such a dumbass.
x posted to allexoticbirds
By the way, I just joined this community today. Names Angeleah.
Current Mood: crushed
Current Music: Pump It Up- Will Smith
Amelia Earhart eaten by Coconut Crabs?|
I'm Ric Gillespie, Executive Director of The International Group for
Historic Aircraft Recovery (acronym TIGHAR, pronounced "tiger") and we
have some questions about our mutual friend birgus latro. TIGHAR's
investigation of the 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart is focused on
Nikumaroro (formerly known as Gardner Island) a small, uninhabited
coral atoll in the Phoenix Group. Over the past 16 years we have run 8
archaeological expeditions to the island testing our hypothesis that
the famous woman aviator and her navigator landed and eventually died
there as castaways. The evidence we've found so far is compelling but
not yet conclusive.( Read more...Collapse )
Hermit crabs facing mobile-home housing shortage|
Hermit crabs facing mobile-home housing shortage
August 3, 2005
By MICHAEL MILLER Staff Writer, (609) 463-6712, E-Mail
OCEAN CITY - It's getting harder to find a beachfront home, especially when the competition plucks up the best ones for coffee-table decorations. That's the plight of the lowly hermit crab, said Elizabeth Demaray, a professor of art at Rutgers University.
"There's a shortage of shells for this animal. One source said 30 to 60 percent of land hermit crabs were living in shells too small for them," she said.
A 2003 study by Sandra L. Gilchrist of New College of Florida found that population growth among these crabs was held in check by the number of available shells. That study suggested that hermit crabs often found new shells outside the dens of octopuses that fed on the former owners. The hermit crab does not have the armor-plated exoskeleton of the lobster or blue crab. Instead, they take shelter in the discarded shells of gastropods such as snails. But as they grow, the crabs need to trade up to bigger and bigger shells, exactly the kind favored by beachcombing children and adults. No doubt, many visitors to Ocean City understand this concept. Stores such as Old Salt on the Boardwalk sell "empty" shells to pet owners for just this purpose.
"It occurred to me there was a shortage of these shells. With modern materials, we could probably engineer better shells for these animals than nature ever had," she said. Demaray, a Brooklyn artist who teaches sculpting at the Camden campus, set about making her own crab condo. The spiral shell preferred by hermit crabs allows them to withdraw into the tight space to avoid predators. And the spiral provides a foothold to prevent a fish, an octopus or another crab from easily plucking them loose. The Gilchrist study noted that hermit crabs test drive their mobile homes before picking the right one. They rock the shells back and forth before backing into them. ( Read more...Collapse )
Current Mood: impressed
Tags: hermit crab, shells
Don't be a crab... make one!|
Current Mood: amused
Tags: craft, hermit crabs
both ahab and sara jessica parker have died
i miss them so
haven't posted in a while, i now pretty much own mole and sarah jessica parker, they sure do love their little brother. one day mole pinched me! i bled a little, it was pretty sweet!
I'm baby-sitting julia's two caribbean hermit crabs, Mole and the ever-moody Sarah Jessica Parker, and I'm having a great time. So today after work I adopted a pintsized Ecuadorian hermit crab named Ahab. Boy he sure is SPUNKY! He annoys the hell out of his new roomates, always climbing and running laps all around those lazy dudes. I'll post a pictue soon, I LOVE HERMIT CRABS!