Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted Oct 09, 2013
Creepy Crawly the Red Legged Hermit CrabMy hermit crab was a hitch hiker on a piece of live rock. A hitch hiker is usually an invertebrate that is on a piece of live rock when you buy it and neither you nor the store is aware that it is there. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. In this case it was a good thing.
My hermit crab's name was Creepy Crawly because the first time I saw it I was thinking "What is that creepy crawly thing on the rock?!" After learning that it wasn't a threat I began to watch Creepy's activity daily. Crabs are more mobile than snails and they can move about quickly. He used to climb all over the rocks and even up the corners of the tank where the silicon sealer is.
Creepy Crawly was never destructive, but then again I didn't have any corals or things form him to destroy. Creepy had red and blue bands on his legs which made him look pretty cool. He ate whatever he found in the rocks and on the sand. This scavenger-like foraging helps to keep the tank clean. Every once in a while Creepy would disappear and just when I thought he was gone, he would reappear. Hermit crabs molt every so often and that is why he'd be gone for a while. I really enjoyed this little guy. I had him for about 3 years then I guess he died.