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13 Funny (And Sometimes Creepy) Pics Of Crustaceans That Made Their Shells Out Of Trash

Updated June 4, 2020 1.7k votes 276 voters 8.6k views13 items

List RulesThese creative little guys went all out. Vote up your favorite trash-to-treasure shell!

Hermit crabs spend most of their lives wearing protective shells - necessary tools to keep predators away from their soft, defenseless butts. Every once in a while, the crabs will grow so big that they have to abandon their shell for a new one. Sometimes, though, the crab can't find a shell that fits properly, so it has to get creative.

Ocean pollution is one of the more serious problems effecting marine ecosystems, but hermit crabs have managed to make the best out of a bad situation. People have been finding the animals encased in shells made out of trash and the hermits seem to be genuinely enjoying their new homes. Actually more closely related to lobsters than crabs, these crustaceans have managed to adapt to the effects of human pollution and come out the better for it.

Only time will tell if hermit crabs wearing trash shells will end up with resulting health issues down the line but for now it seems like one man's trash is another crab's treasure.

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    Nope, Definitely Nothing Traumatizing In This Picture

    Photo: u/The_Metal_fish / Reddit
    Treasure or trash?
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    Some Assembly Required

    Video: YouTube
    Treasure or trash?
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    This Little Crab Is The Life Of The Tea Party

    Photo: u/baileyk08 / Reddit
    Treasure or trash?
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    One Crab You Don't Want To Mess With

    Photo: u/sivribiber / Reddit
    Treasure or trash?