Hermit crabs are amazing critters. While all the attention was on cats, dogs and other animals, hermit crabs from as far away as New Guinea were quietly landing on American shores! It's an exotic arthropod invasion!

To help you identify what sort of land hermit crab you own, I have created one file for each of the four land hermit crab species in the United States. The first steps are easy, you don't even have to coax the crab out of its shell for them. Just click on the picture that closest resembles your pet hermit crab.

If your crab or its large claw looks like one of the ones featured here, please click on the picture to go to an information page about that species.

Coenobita brevimanus
Coenobita violascens

Coenobita perlatus

Coenobita rugosus

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