All Hands on Decapod

Captain Clawde be pinchin’ yer teapots!

Yer booty’s up fer crabs, sender-inner Danielle R.



  1. Hermit crabs are awesome! A surprising amount of personality.

  2. Too funny! I’d say that’s a great way to recycle a tea pot.

  3. That is not real. Is that real? That cannot be real. I mean really, is that real???


  4. brinnann says:

    Brings new meaning to the term “travel mug.”

  5. brinnann says:

    O rly?


  6. brinnann says:

    I suppose this confirms the myth that you can catch crabs by sitting on a someone else’s pot. 😯

  7. tracylee says:

    tee hee hee!
    (yes, apparently I am twelve :D)

  8. tracylee says:

    Looks like Sebastian got into Ariel’s stash of junk

  9. brinnann says:

    Or he got a little too friendly with Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast.

  10. Lerrinus says:

    *falls off chair laughing* 😆

  11. good name : Earl Grey

  12. How did that hermit crab hold onto that cup?

  13. what am I seeing here? i’m having trouble with perspective…

  14. *dies laughing* Oh! Too cute!

  15. Looking at the rainbow of stripes, there’s a gay pride parade joke in there somewhere.

    I’m Here, I’m Queer, I’m a Crustacean!

  16. 260Oakley says:

    Crab finds pot, drinks contents to the dregs, and declares himself a tea-totaller.

  17. scarletgunn says:

    i want this picture to be real so badly.

  18. 260Oakley says:

    But do you think he will ever come out?

  19. Fird Birfle says:


  20. Fird Birfle says:

    HE’s MINE!!! MINE, I tells ya!! MINE MINE MINE, ALL MINE!!!!

    Daffy Duck

  21. bookmonstercats says:

    Yes. Win for the Oakley. Best yet, I think.

  22. bookmonstercats says:

    Calm down dear!!

    *Pats Fird gently on the head, whilst surruptitiously putting the crab mug in my pocket and e scuttling away*

  23. Fird Birfle says:

    “why, I oughtta…..”

  24. Hermits are “confirmed bachelors,” after all.

  25. It’s a hermit crab with an upside-down striped ceramic teapot (with handle to right and spout to left) for his house/shell. You can see his legs taking up most of the space and his black eyes projecting near the top rim.

  26. “I PEENCH.”

  27. PS: Shouldn’t title be “All hands on deca-POT”?

  28. Mamabear says:

    Oh dear lord, me too! If someone finds out it’s not, just don’t tell me, I wanna be blissfully unaware.

    I wanna live in a happy little world where the lines are blurred and all animals are anthropomorphic, even little hermit crabs with their little teapot collecting hobbies! 😀

  29. caitlin says:

    Maybe little peench?

  30. Well this is just flat out fantastic.

  31. flutter-by says:

    Crusty crustacean commits crime (must be due to his pot habit).

  32. Judging by his eyes, I think there was coffee in that pot.

  33. ashagato says:


  34. chanpon says:

    Buggular eye stalks!

  35. Michelle R. says:

    Is it a regular sized tea pot or like a dollhouse sized pot? Either way TOO cute and you guys have me cracking up with the comments!!!

  36. it is a doll sized teapot.

  37. I too hope it’s a real pic, but you know that thing about “If it seems too good to be true …”

    I’m a little hermit crab, short and stout! Check my snazzy handle & spout!”

  38. PS Points for the Muppet Michael Steele-style rhyme in the hovertext! Whacha gonna do, Johnny Beefstew?

  39. kodalai says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me at all if this were real. After all, many crabs operate by moving into an already existing shell. It’s just that in this case, the ‘shell’ is a discarded piece of porcelain.

  40. Emmberrann says:

    Only when he gets too big for his british tea britches……

  41. Emmberrann says:

    Or, just maybe the tea was Not Decaffeinated.

  42. Emmberrann says:

    Or maybe he was visiting the Mad Hatter’s tea party and evicted the Dormouse.

  43. TrixandSam says:

    brinnann, you are on fire!!

  44. Perfect.

  45. Ali-baba says:

    It’s a Hobbitt crab! He’s on his way to elevenses..or maybe luncheon or afternoon tea. 😉

  46. A main character in the comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon is a crab who uses a discarded tin can as a shell, but who sometimes upgrades like this.

  47. Is that crab making a booty call?

  48. No eye-hance for crabby? Those peeps are screaming for eye-hance. Boo!

  49. bagoguts says:

    Or Second Breakfast!

  50. Oo, now I know what I want to do!
    1. Find a beach with lots and lots of hermit crabs.
    2. Place lots and lots of tiny, brightly-colored teapots, cups and assorted china on beach for crabs to inhabit.
    3. Admire a newly-created population of adorable tiny-bright-colored-china-dwelling hermit crabs.
    4. ???
    5. Profit!

  51. Totally. I have 2, one is very friendly and comes out of his shell to see you as soon as you pick him up, the other you have to hold for a minute before he’ll say hi.

  52. April's NaNa says:

    I have a salt water fish tank with a few hermit crabs for “janitorial duties” (They are really good at their job) I obtained a wide assortment of colorful shells from the local pet store and spread them on the bottom of the tank for decoration. The crabs swarmed the shells like college students with tax returns to spend at a used car lot! I got absolutely no work accomplished the whole day due to watching the hermit crabs “kicking tires and checking engines” on each and every shell until EVERY customer was satisfied. (A wasted but fun afternoon!) Think I will buy a couple sets of doll china……

  53. One Skunk Todd says:

    I’m a little teapot
    short and crabby
    piss me off
    and I’ll get all stabby 🙂

  54. Fird Birfle says:

    *picks up Lerrinus & dusts him off*

    *picks chair up, off the floor*

  55. Fird Birfle says:

    GREAT description and I happily disagree, with the assessment of that afternoon as “wasted”. You, ma’am, have a delightful imagination.
    I love what you did there!!!

  56. That is so awesome and totally adorable and made me OMG out loud lol.

  57. HAWTHORNE!!!!

  58. And now you sound like the referenced Hawthorne a couple of posts above yours. Thanks for the smile!!

  59. Mark Maranta says:

    I’m pretty confident that this is authentic. It is not at all unusual for a Hermit crab to adopt a man-made object as a home. If the stein fits, as it were.

  60. You need to do that again and then video tape it for all of our enjoyment! 😀 Totally not a wasted afternoon at all!

  61. Blue Footed Booby says:

    I get the feeling people are seeing the flattening effect of the (macro?) lens and mistaking it for the mismatched lighting of a bad ‘shop. There’s nothing particularly unusual about this photo; it’s just a cute choice of “shell.”

  62. brinnann says:

    The proper way: With pinky held aloft.

  63. Can’t you just imagine an entire Mad Hatter’s Tea Party done this way?!!!
    What a riot!! Talk about the dish running away with the spoon!

  64. Not a second of time wasted!1!1! You simply must repeat this and tape it…….!
    I guarantee there will be eleventy-sevin viewers in the first two minutes…..! 😆

  65. Lerrinus says:

    Whew! Thanks, Fird! (psst, I’m female!)

  66. Fird Birfle says:

    “oops, sowwy….”


  67. JerilynS says:

    Would that teapot be Wedgwood, then, luv?

  68. Yay for more crabbies on C.O.! You made my day! (Now if you would just post the pics I’ve sent in of my Sheldon). 😀

  69. Lerrinus says:

    No offense taken! *hug* 🙂

  70. Lerrinus says:

    Yep, all the way to ‘china’! 😉