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I witnessed a small crab successfully challenge this larger crab for his shell. The larger crab became homeless and decided to move into this tiny shell. As determined as he was, the shell was just too small!

Notice the light, tanned-colored back end of the crab. This area is very soft and has a texture similar to that of a grub. Hermit crabs insert their rumps into hard shells for protection, keeping a firm grip with small "feelers" that protrude just below the interface between the hard and soft sections.


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