Artist/designer Robert DuGrenier from Vermont has designed and created hand blown glass shells that are so life-like, hermit crabs are crawling inside and using them as their homes. This gives us a wonderful view of how hermit crabs look inside their shells. Scientist in New Zealand are using glass shells to help study hermit crabs. It took about 7-10 days for hermit crabs to move into the glass shells, voluntarily, after the shells had been placed inside their tanks. These scientists have a code of ethics that would make it unacceptable to force the hermit crabs into the shells. Congratulations to these scientists who had the patience to wait for the hermit crabs to accept the shells on their own, and for giving us a fascinating view of life inside a hermit crab’s shell.