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Coenobita Confusion

Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.

 

Puzzle ID:#29415
Fun:*** (2.74)
Difficulty:*** (3.06)
Category:Riddle
Submitted By:PineappleMamaAus**!!!

 

 

 



I love to climb up high in trees,
digging holes, and feeling the breeze.
I eat eggs, apples, carrots, meat,
even peanut butter, is a treat.
Around the world, my kin are found.
"Chirping" is our signature sound.

So, what am I?



Answer

A Land Hermit Crab!
Coenobita Clypeatus is the most commonly found land hermit crab in the United States. Also known as purple pinchers, or Caribbean crabs, these guys have been found miles from the coast. Hermies are scavengers by nature and enjoy having a variety of foods to choose from. My hermies happen to love peanut butter, raisins, sweet potatoes, and bananas! Purple pinchers are also known for being the most "fashion conscious" of the land hermit species. These guys LOVE to change shells, sometimes spending hours "shell swapping." Listening to these guys "chirp" is like nothing else I've ever heard. It's not quite like a cricket, or a mouse, or really anything I can think of, but it is fascinating!

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Comments

SunroseAus*
Mar 30, 2006

Very good and fun teaser! I enjoyed the way it was wrote up and informative! Keep them coming
smartsy*
Mar 30, 2006

that was a good one
smartsy*
Mar 30, 2006

that was a good one
zonarita*us*
Mar 30, 2006

A teaser from your experience is wonderful and telling us about your crab was educational PM. Gr8 teaser!
schatzy228*us*
Mar 30, 2006

FUN AND FASCINATING
ShyShy12
Mar 30, 2006

cool teaser!
Mellew*us*
Mar 30, 2006

that waas strange.......good, but odd luved it tho ♥
Liali*
Mar 30, 2006

Neat teaser! I like the information in the answer!
zonaracerAus*
Mar 30, 2006

Good job on the teaser, very enjoyable
PineappleMamaAus*
Apr 11, 2006

Thanks for all the Happy Feedback! I'm trying to think of another riddle...but these are harder to think up than my other fav flavs!
Armaidenpriya*us*
Apr 11, 2006

That was fun and interesting! Nice job... even if I didn't get it
OldChinaHand**
Apr 15, 2006

Quite educational and fun.
TheEarthling*no*
Apr 18, 2006

Loved it.
reddragonAus*
Apr 23, 2006

I guess I don't know much about hermt crabs. I thought it was a squirrel. Got me good.
PineappleMamaAus*
Apr 23, 2006

There's oodles of little known tidbits about hermies! hermitcrabsrus.com is a good place to educate yourself. I know my hermies are infinately greatful for all the wonderful advice! I knew that this one would be tricky, simply because not many folks know much about these fascinating creatures!
tonjawithaj*us*
Apr 28, 2006

This is my second time looking at this too and I STILL needed to look for the answer. Ah well, prego brain strikes agian!
irar1792Aus*
May 07, 2006

thanks for the insight(spelling?)

it's a cool teaser, i enjoyed it
RRAMMOHAN*in*
May 07, 2006

Didnt know much about these creatures. Hence couldnt guess the answer. An educative teaser. It seems very few would have got the correct answer.
coachpisco*
May 07, 2006

I guessed frogs.
lmurray*cn*
May 07, 2006

WHY WASN'T A SQUIREL AN ACCEPTABLE ANSWER. THEY CERTAINLY DO ALL OF THOSE THINGS?
BeckyD*
May 07, 2006

My guess was a squirrel also, except about the "meat" part, although the edible part of a nut is called the meat... I never in a million years would have guessed it was a land hermit crab! And they climb trees?? Wow!
PineappleMamaAus*
May 07, 2006

Yup! They are fascinating to watch! Hermies have actually been spotted miles (100+) from shore, camped out in trees!! But, they must return to the sea to reproduce. That's why I don't have to worry about my 14 crabs turning into 1400 overnight!
PineappleMamaAus*
May 07, 2006

Oh, and don't forget to check the HINT, that pretty much kills off the possibility of it being a squirrel!
mitzimesserAil*
May 07, 2006

Teaser of the day! You go girl.
PineappleMamaAus*
May 07, 2006

OH KEWL! Shows how observant I am!! Thanks Mitzi!!
iteachkidsAus*
May 07, 2006

VERRRRRRRRRY well-written, and fascinating information to boot! I suppose you name your hermies ... are you going to introduce us???
azbee123*us*
May 07, 2006

cute!!!
lazy-boyAus**
May 07, 2006

This was very informative, I had no idea that hermit crabs climb trees.
Machinery
May 07, 2006

They climb up trees?
shawneeo*us*
May 07, 2006

I should've guessed! But I didn't because I didn't know that they climb trees. I thought squirrels, but I didn't think it fitted squirrels very well. Except that squirrels make a weird kind of chirping sound too.Probably not so much chirping as hermies and crickets though. Velly intellisting... Oh, I didn't read the hint, lots of times I forget about a hint,and then if I think I'm right, I don't look at the hint, so if there's crucial info in the HINT, I don't know it. I guess that means I should always read the hint if there is one!

Lotsa fun, thanks mama!
rhmaustin*us*
May 07, 2006

The title is also a clue if your dictionary includes the word coenobita (alternate spelling cenobita) -- I think it's the genus name for hermit crabs. Alas, my dictionary didn't, but I did a little research. The word comes from Late Latin coenobium (Late Greek koinobion) meaning literally living together or, by extension, living in a monastery.
PineappleMamaAus*
May 07, 2006

Yep, hermies are very social creatures. In nature they can be found traveling in groups of 100 or more!! My Home Wiki has a link to my Crabby Corner Wiki! There are links to a wonderful site called hermitcrabsrus, for those who seek more knowledge!!
(user deleted)
May 07, 2006

Hmm, interesting. Never knew hermit crabs chirped!
PineappleMamaAus*
May 07, 2006

Well, it's Called chirping, but I think it's simply because there really is no way of explaining it. There is more info. on chirping and other hermie stuff in the Forums at hermitcrabsrus.com
tam13*us*
May 07, 2006

I enjoyed this one and I learned something, too! I never knew that hermit crabs made a sound at all! I've had them in my classroom for years and have never heard a sound. Are there certain times that they will "chirp?" Of course my class gets noisy a lot so that may be one reason we have never heard them. Thanks for the good brain teaser.
spazzyjazzy93Aus*
May 07, 2006

that was relly good!
jabdrAus*
May 07, 2006

Way to go, PMAMA...interesting-educational and fun.
flutterbyAus*
May 07, 2006

That one was fun and interesting! Wish there were more like this!
JessicaLynn*us*
May 07, 2006

I didn't know they made a sound, and I have five! Very interesting. I wonder if mine will like peanut butter. I'll try that as a treat!
Trishgal*us*
May 07, 2006

This was really informative,did not know a thing about the hermit crab Learned too that the puzzle names are a big help
scallioAus*
May 07, 2006

Well I've been had... it wasn't a woodpecker. I have read about those crabs in National Geographic, but they certainly didn't come to mind here.

Thanks!
realm2346*
May 07, 2006

This was a great teaser, and it must've taken you a long time to research all the facts, plus i learned something I never knew before.
bradon182001*us*
May 07, 2006

Very goo and interesting teaser.I had no idea whatsoever.
kman613**
May 07, 2006

Wow - good one. I was clueless, esp after reading the hint. Thanks for great nature-trivia
dodger*gb*
May 07, 2006

Really great clues, i really liked this teaser and it's going into my fav's. Keep them coming and i mean that.
tdbrsun*
May 07, 2006

I had fun with this one . I was sure I had it . I said Bluejay. If I would have read the hint , I would have guessed different. Thanks Nice one.
vlermaAus*
May 07, 2006

I was certain it was a squirrel until I read the hint and then I became totally confused. Being in the middle of the great American desert I guess I haven't had much experience with Land Crabs, and unfortunately the only crab legs I have ever seen were already on a platter so I didn't even think about a crab having 8 legs. Great teaser P.mama. Enjoyed the education. More please.
lorelle_b*us*
May 08, 2006

hehehe....love it. I can tell you really love your hermies i always wanted one but i never have enough time to buy them. interesting how they continually swap shells--my friend has one but it kept the same shell all the time.

Great job!
PineappleMamaAus*
May 08, 2006

THANKS for all the great comments! If anyone's interested in Hermits you can check out hermitcrabsrus.com!!
AwwwSweet*
May 08, 2006

I have to say my favorite part of this teaser was PMama's enthusiasm about the little land hermit crabs! The teaser and comments were always upbeat and cheerful. I also appreciated the info in the answer; it's wonderful when someone backs up their teaser with facts.
JessicaM*us
May 08, 2006

That was really stupid, who has heard of those crabs.
banzai*
May 08, 2006

That was fun and informative. Thank you.
warmonkey318Aus*
May 08, 2006

That was awsome!! (beats mine)
sweetmamaAus*
May 09, 2006

Well, I guess you do learn something new everyday! Thanks Mama!
JessicaLynn*us*
May 13, 2006

I went to Mexico once and I saw a hermit crab as big as my foot! It was huge! I didn't know they could get that big, nor do I know where it found such a big shell. By the way, my two biggest hermies are getting too big for the shells they r in, but I can't find a bigger shell to buy. What should I do?
crissy5219
May 28, 2006

That was a good one! I thought it was a bird when you said "chirping." So good job, you threw me off!
GebbieRoseAus*
May 28, 2006

Thanks for the informative teaser, PM. Enjoy all your teasers, actually - those that I've seen. Hermies sound fascinating.
learningchineseus*
Jun 19, 2006

Thank you!
bladeqw3*lc*
Nov 29, 2006

ha, I thought it was a little kid!
PineappleMamaAus*
Dec 05, 2006

Well, my munchkins do a lot of those things... but they don't chirp so much as yell. Shellwise... check your beaches, hobby stores, pet shops etc. If that fails... go to ebay and type in hermit crab shells... there are a dealers that specialize in those. Send me a pm if you have more questions.
choptlivvaAus*
Dec 17, 2006

Great teaser Mama!!! Interesting and challenging!! I was thinking maybe monkeys until I read the hint about being born in the sea and having ten legs!!! Good job, keep 'em coming!!
mosca*us*
Feb 09, 2008

Very, very fun teaser! Very educational! I didn't know hermit crabs also lived on land! So you have these as pets? Years ago a diving buddy and I were down in shallow water off the coast of northern Italy and we found alot of hermit crabs. I'm a bit ashamed to say we teased the little critters by pulling them out of their shells and watching them bury themselves in the sand! We did put some shells nearby and watched as they came back up and climbed into their shells.



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