- "I caught a hermit crab! Finally, it came out of its shell!" —New Leaf
The hermit crab, Coenobita cavipes, is a type of crab found in a few games in the Animal Crossing series. It originally appeared in the Japanese exclusive Animal Forest e+, was absent in both Wild World and City Folk, but returns in New Leaf and New Horizons.
It initially appears as a simple shell on the beach, but when approached it will raise up and skitter away. It will retreat if left alone for too long, and it is generally more common during rain, particularly in Animal Forest e+. The hermit crab is able to jump into water if it travels too close. In New Leaf, the hermit crab's shell has a purple hue and a different hole shape compared to a normal shell.
Donation to the museum
In Animal Forest e+
When donated to the museum it appears on the left side on the sand with the other crabs and the Birdwing.
In New Leaf
In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.
"Hermit crabs live in empty shells they can fit their bodies into. As they grow, they find bigger shells. They're quite picky about each new shell and first measure the opening with their claws. The shells they choose usually fit well, and they'll sometimes fight one another over ownership rights."
In New Horizons
In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):
"The hermit crab is not an insect... Though it most certainly resembles one. Blech! It looks much like a spider- what with its creepy eyes and crawly legs- but is, in fact, a crustacean. As such, the hermit crab has 10 legs and also wears a shell. But it doesn't grow this shell itself. It slips its soft body into shells left behind by snails, you see, and moves into ever-larger ones as it grows. (Talk about a strange way to make a home.)"
- "I caught a hermit crab! I think it wanted to be left alone!" —New Horizons
- Main article: Hermit crab on Wikipedia
In Japan, hermit crabs are known as yadokari (ヤドカリ?). They are a territorial species of crustacean that is popular as a pet in some places. They are often found on beaches in large groups in tropical reasons; the waves wash up groups of them at a time. As they grow, they discard their too-small shell and seek out a new one.
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