I have a friend who's sister-in-law is a veterinarian in Key West, Florida. Her name is Christy. She recently came up here for a visit, and my other friend jokingly asked her if she had brought up any hermies. She also asked if Christy ever saw the purple pinchers running around down there. Well, apparently, not only does she SEE them, she pretty much has to LIVE with them! They often times are all over her back porch, eating the dog & cat food. They run around her yard, and she sometimes sees them hanging from the window screens. Now mind you.....she does NOT live on the beach, but rather, she lives several blocks away. This isn't continuous, but it seems like periodically, she is over-run with them! She told a story, similar to the ones we have heard before, about the lack of shells for these guys. She had a rather large PP on her back porch. He wasn't wearing a shell, but instead, was wearing a child's plastic teacup. (You know, from those little girl tea sets they sell.) She offered the poor guy some spare shells that she always keeps on hand. He quickly took one & was off on his merry way! Christy doesn't keep hermits as pets....guess she doesn't need to!