Hermit Crab

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"I caught a hermit crab! Finally, it came out of its shell!" —New Leaf
"I caught a hermit crab! I think it wanted to be left alone!" —New Horizons
Hermit Crab
Scientific name Coenobita cavipes
Family Coenobitidae - Terrestrial Hermit Crabs
Time of year March to December (Doubutsu no Mori e+)
All year (New Leaf, New Horizons)
Time of day All day
7pm to 8 am (New Horizons)
Location Crawling on beach
Size 40 mm
Rarity Uncommon (Doubutsu no Mori e+, Animal Crossing: New Leaf)
Selling price 200 Bells Doubutsu no Mori e+,
1,000 Bells Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

Hermit Crabs (ヤドカリ, Yadokari), a type of crab, are a bug that can be caught in the Animal Crossing series. This bug can be caught in the Japanese-exclusive Doubutsu no Mori e+, as well as in Animal Crossing: New Leaf (on Tortimer Island) and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In New Leaf and New Horizons, it sells at for 1,000 Bells.

Donating to the museum[edit]

Players can donate the Hermit Crab to the Museum by talking to Blathers.

In New Leaf[edit]

After being donated, the Hermit Crab can be found in the first room of the bug exhibit next to the pond. The exhibit has this to say about the Hermit Crab:

"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[edit]

Blathers has this to say about the Hermit Crab:

"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."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Cangrejo ermitaño Hermit Crab
French Bernard-l'ermite Hermit Crab
German Einsiedlerkrebs Hermit Crab
Italian Spaguro

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