Rashuge Dhirunthah: Hermit Crab

In the “Rashuge Dhirunthah” (Island Life) series, we will explore the biodiversity that can be found on and around the tropical haven that is Embudu Village Maldives. Join us as we take a deep dive into the marine and land species that you can find at Embudu Village, and surprise your friends and family with some interesting facts during your next visit. 


The Hermit Crab

Get ready to fall in love with one of the cutest creatures on Embudu Village – the hermit crab! These tiny land-based critters might not seem like much, but they are fascinating and unique creatures with some truly adorable habits.

First off, let’s talk about the way hermit crabs move. They scuttle along the sandy beaches of the Maldives using their ten little legs, searching for the perfect shell to call home. 

Yes, that’s right – hermit crabs live inside shells! But here’s the kicker: they don’t have their own shells, so they have to find empty ones that other sea creatures have left behind. It’s like a tiny game of musical chairs, and the hermit crab who finds the best shell gets to live there.

But it’s not just their home that makes hermit crabs so fascinating. They’re also social creatures who love to hang out with each other. You might see them gathered in little groups on the beach, scavenging for food and socializing. And when it’s time to mate, they come together in massive groups on the beach. It’s like a tiny hermit crab party!

Despite their small size, hermit crabs play an important role in the ecosystem of the Maldives. They help to aerate and enrich the soil on the beaches, which in turn benefits the plants and animals that live there.

So next time you’re strolling along the sandy beaches of Embudu Village, keep an eye out for these cute little creatures scurrying along the sand. They might just steal your heart with their adorable little ways.