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Homes for Hermit Crabs and Humans
Did you know that hermit crabs live in shells like snails and turtles, but they weren't born in their shells, and their shells don't grow with them? Instead, they have to find new shells to live in as they get bigger. In this way, hermit crabs are like humans. Well, at least they're like human families. As our families grow we have to add on to our house or get a new one that is big enough to fit our needs.
Hermit crabs live over a range of land that extends from the deep ocean floor to right up on the shore. You've probably seen them on a trip to the beach, but I'll bet you've never seen a hermit crab without its shell before. It's not a very common occurrence, though it does happen sometimes. When hermit crabs get too big for their shell, they have to leave it and look for a new one. The shells they look for are ones that have been discarded by another hermit crab or other sea creatures. Similarly, humans don't always make a new home for themselves when they need one, instead, they will buy a home that has been used and "discarded" by other humans.
When it's time for a hermit crab to move into a new home, he will go out looking for one while still in possession of his old home. He carries it on his back, of course, until he finds a home that will fit his needs. When he finally finds the home he's been looking for, he will crawl out of his old shell and into the new one. For a brief moment, he is unprotected, but he is soon in the safe security of his new shell, and all is right again.
When humans decide it is time to move, they go out looking for a new home that will fit their needs while they are still in possession of their old home, just like a hermit crab. When they finally find the home that they like best and that satisfies their needs, they will sell their old home and travel with all of their things to their new home. For the short period of time between when they leave their old home and enter their new one, they are not really in danger like hermit crabs are, but if they aren't able to move into their new home as soon or sooner than they have to leave their old home; or if they have to travel a long distance to move into their new home, they may feel unprotected for a while, until they can get safely settled in their new home.
Sometimes the reason a family or individual has to move out of their old home before they are able to move into their new one, is that there is a great demand for the home they are in, so they can get the price they want for it, but there is not enough supply of new homes for them to move into. Sometimes the supply is smaller than the demand for homes in the world of hermit crabs too. There are only so many shells that have been discarded by other sea creatures, and there may be, at times, more hermit crabs needing a new home than there are empty shells. When this is the case, hermit crabs may have to fight for the same shell. Humans do this too, though it's never the kind of fighting you think of as "fighting." Instead, it is decided based on the amount of money each party is willing to pay for the home. When crabs fight for a shell, the strongest crab wins, when humans compete for the same house the human willing to pay the most wins.
We've talked about hermit crabs and humans moving based solely on their need for a bigger home because they've outgrown their old one. This is really the only reason hermit crabs move, unless their old home breaks or gets stolen from them. Humans, however, have multiple reasons for moving. They may wish to live in a different area because their job has moved, or because they want to live near family. They want a prettier house or a nicer yard. They may move because they want to live in a different state or country, or because they need to go to a college that's in a different state or country.
About the Author:
In order to buy a new home, humans, unlike hermit crabs have to find a way to finance their new home. Find out about financing your home at Lucidia Group. They can help you with an Aurora mortgage loan, your Draper Utah real estate, or your Casper Wyoming real estate. Emily Lyon is a client account specialist at 10x Marketing.