A species of land hermit crab native to the west Atlantic, Bahamas, Belize, southern Florida, Venezuela, the Virgin Islands, and the West Indies.
Adult Caribbean hermit crabs can be found well inland, while juveniles begin their lives in the water and near the shore. They are a common sight near homes of people. They burrow and hide under the roots of large trees.
Caribbean hermit crabs are omnivorous scavengers who live in colonies of 100 or more in inland areas. This species is one of the two land hermit crabs commonly sold in the United States as a pet; In captivity they can live to be over 30 years old (and over 40 years in exceptional cases).