can you take hermits out the sea?

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    are you allowed to take hermits out the sea or do u need a permit? if u do how does one get these and are hermits out of our sea any good? i was looking at 2 differant types at the sea today there was a white/beach sand coloured hermit crab and a blackish one with greenish legs i found them at kenton which is halfway between pe and east london there are also snails that shell stays above the sand but look like a disc of jell that sit under the sand some also squirted water when i picked them up they have spiralish shells id pls and can i put them into my tank?
     
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    Post office and R85 or R65 I think. Not sure the exact permit price.

    Not sure if those hermits live in Warmer water though. @richardmatlock
     
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    Pictures will help with snails
    Hermits get permit and only 10 a day I think
     
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    Snails may be Whelks
     
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    the water was very warm today it was 33 degres norm temp and the water was like 21 degrees it was a estuarry and they seemed fine
     
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    sounds like plough snails
    Nope, leave them alone, they need the wave action to survive.

    Hermits, Depending?
    sand coloured hermit crab - I do not know them.
    blackish one with greenish legs - is the tips of the feet yellowish?

    And its 15 hermits per day, if you got a permit.
     
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    and as always riaan you are a great help yes they are exactly plough snails thx now to the hermits...
     
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    Yeah that's what I had in my mind thanks @RiaanP a mate of mine called them whelks when we were in Langebaan this December. Looks like I get to bet him a beer next time we there when he screams "Look at all the Whelks" ;)
     
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    all hermits are scavengers.
    Issue is what else do they eat? and how BIG do they get.

    Yellow tip hermits are my personal favourites. They stay small and are safe with corals.
    Blue eyed hermits with the one bigger white claw, grow larger than the yellow tip and can and do knock things over.

    some local hermits can and will grow big. I had one a while back that used a shell the size of a golf ball. Yeah, everything that is not glued, ends upside down on the sand.

    So pictures is the way to go
     
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    The sand coloured hermits, are they more in the sand areas?

    Can be the common sand hermit, Diogenes brevirostris
    left clipper is bigger than the right, and more hairy. Grows to about the same size as the blue eyed hermits.
     
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    You should

    Whelks or nassarius snails are not that easy to see. Unless they are strolling around for food, with an untrained eye you will not see them. they hide under the sand and only that tube part in front sticks out. Very difficult to spot.
     
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    Are they safe to put in tank ?
     
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    Sand hermits, not really, they like colder temperatures.
     
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