Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director
There are many species of the animal kingdom known to use tools. To humans, this is a sign of intelligence, at least to some degree.
While hermit crabs may not be considered a contender for the smartest animal on Earth, they are certainly capable of using tools to survive. Exactly when the first crustacean adapted to live in a shell is unknown, but the moment when that first arthro-pioneer laid eyes on an empty shell defined generations of a species. Read the full article here!