I was at the mall with my family. I was in one store with my daughter, my hubby with my son. They meet up with me and my husband has this big smile on his face, and is carrying a small box. Sure enough inside is another hermit crab. He was so proud of himself. (He is now starting to get into this addicting hermit crab obsession I have been developing). Anyway, the box was gross, and I thought it smelled a little like dead fish. I asked him and my son if the hermit crab had moved at all, did they see him? They both said (obviously not knowing better) no, we liked the shell. UGH!!! Then my son adds there was a big crab there with no shell at all mommy, it was gross!!. So I said, lets go to this pet store. Horrified I was. There was about 25 or so crabs, all sizes. Many in there own shell and that shell jammed into another shell (have no idea why they do that??) Anyway the tank smelled horrible. No humidity gauge, no temp gauge nothing! just a big spot lamp (the kind you would see at a construction site, the metal lights that clamp onto something) on top of the wire top. There under the light was a HUGE hermie, lying there, dead no shell. Just lying there! These crabs had one water dish, one little log, many were trying to win access to and one food dish. the sand was only a dusting deep. Anyway, I coudl not put this little guy I had in my smelly box back just incase he was still alive. So we brought him (or her, Sunshiine is the name) home. I immediatly put Sunshine in a salt water bath. After a long time (I thought for sure she was dead) she came out flipped over and then started running all over. I have her in her own tank now in fear she coudl be sick, considering the conditions she came from. She already emptied one food dish I had in there and the fresh water dish too (hungry little bugger). She looked thrilled, climbing, running all over. She has slept most of the day. LEts jsut hope that she is OK and I can add her to her new family in a few weeks. About two weeks, right I shoudl wait? So what is the story with these pet stores? What happend to that poor crab with no shell? Any thoughts???