Can Hermit Crabs Live out of Their Shell?

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Yes, hermit crabs do come out of their shells, this commonly happens during shell fights where the attacking crab will try to drive the defending crab out. Don’t worry this is normal and usually the crabs exchange shells. One method to help your crab go back into their shell is the called the glass cup method. Simply, dip the naked crab in water to wash of any dirt, rinse out their abandoned shell, and put the crab and the shell into a glass cup. Leave the cup in an isolation tank and they will reenter their shell.
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Yes, hermit crabs can live out side of their shells since it is not attached to the body. However, they prefer to use one for protection.
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: There are many predators who would love to chomp on a soft morsel like the body of a hermit crab. It can't make it's own shells so it borrows those of a snail in order to protect
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Hermit crabs are native to the western Atlantic areas of the world. They are very interesting creatures and make wonderful pets to have. Look here for more information: http://ezinearticles.com
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1. Clean any dirt from the outside of the hermit crab's shell. To do this, take the crab out of the aquarium and hold it . Gently wipe the outside of the shell with a damp paper towel
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The hermit crabs have bodies that are soft & the shell provides protection along with housing.
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