Monday, July 22, 2002

While at the mall today, I came upon this kiosk enclosed in glass with sand inside. It looked like a miniature beach. Being from Florida, my curiosity got the better of me and I simply had to take a peek. Lo and behold if the man wasn't selling hermit crabs. There were hermit crabs dressed in painted shells. There were some crabs dressed in peace signs and smiley faces. Did you know hermit crabs like to climb? I didn't until I saw it with my very own eyes. There were two or three that had climbed all the way up this piece of chicken wire and they were just perched there hanging out.
In eleventh grade while in Marine Biology I was lucky enough to watch a hermit crab choose her shell. She tried on each shell like she was trying on clothes at a department store. It was the coolest thing I have ever exerienced. Sometimes two crabs choose the same shell and they have a little disagreement. I am thinking right before school starts I will have to go and purchase one of these hermit crabs for our classroom pet. They come with their very own little house, rocks, sand, and food. I will hug him and sqeeze him and call him "Hermie." Where do you think I can go about getting some chicken wire? I would hate for my crab to lose his climbing ability.

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