Giant Hermit Crab

The Giant Hermit Crab (Petrochirus diogenes) is the largest hermit crab in the Caribbean, growing to an impressive five to eight inches long. It is a member of family Diogenidae, the Left-handed Hermit Crabs, and its left claw is slightly larger than its right. The surface of its exoskeleton is patterned in a way that resembles irregular scales. The specimen photographed below was seen at Creole Rock in St. Martin.