South Florida’s not just about snakes and lizards, of course. Every now and then I’m able to pry my eyes out of the foliage and look down at the ground beneath my feet. This was certainly a good time to do so. I stumbled across a few dozen Caribbean land hermit crabs slowly racing their way across the the ground of one of Florida’s Lower Keys.
Fairly abundant throughout parts of the Florida Keys, the Caribbean land hermit crab, Coenobita clypeatus, is a fairly lovely, variable, and curious species. They take advantage of gastropod shells and trek around the ground in their adopted mobile homes, scavenging from fallen fruit and deceased plant and animal matter. Cute, right? A-dorable, if you ask me!