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Cheeky hermit crab attempts to steal another creature's shell

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Thieving hermit crab attempts to steal another’s shell

A thieving hermit crab was caught on camera trying to steal the shell of a fellow crustacean.

The marine creatures use sea shells to protect their soft tails, as they do not have a hard exoskeleton all over their bodies.

Their curled tail enables them to fit inside their shelters.

The species has been known to take the shells of other crabs for a more snug-fitting home.

On other occasions, hermit crabs will form a line to see which of them fits a shell the best.

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