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July 11, 2009

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Hieba, the Pet of the Day
Name: Hieba
Age: Unknown
Gender: Female
Kind: Strawberry Hermit Crab
Home: Williamston, Michigan, USA
   This is Hieba the Hermit Crab a.k.a. "Berry Sweet." Her name is pronounced 'HI-BAH' and she is a Strawberry Hermit Crab (Latin name is Coenobita perlatus).

    Once I got into 'crabbing', I knew I'd get addicted. I was already mom to a tank of seven Purple Pinchers but always wanted a Strawberry Hermit to call my own. They are hard to find in Michigan, so when the local Petco began advertising them, I didn't hesitate to look.

    Among all the little Purple Pinchers was one lone Strawberry. I was hooked by her stunning color and instantly took her home. Unlike many of my Purple Pinchers, little Hieba lives up to her nickname of 'Berry Sweet.' She seems to like being held and has yet to pinch (though I can't rule it out ever happening, it seems unlikely!). Hieba loves to bask in the sun (on her short trips outside), soak in her salt water bowl, and pretty much spends her time "redecorating" the tank.

    Hieba is named after a character in E. E. Knight's 'Age of Fire' series. We chose it as a unique name for a very special and unique crab.

Hieba, the Pet of the Day

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