October 9, 2011

Personable Hermit

Hermit crabs are some of my favorite animals. They always seem to have a lot of character to me. I think part of that is because they very clearly have distinctly different personalities—some run from you, some hide. There are some that refuse to venture out of their shells when you hold them, some that will come out just far enough to look at you, and some that will instantly right themselves and attempt to crawl away. On my most recent visit to Hawaii, I felt like I could have spent hours on my stomach watching the hermit crabs conduct their lives. This guy was one of the most active hermit crabs I have ever met, and I took many photos of him. Here he is scrambling across my palm.