Hello dear readers. Today I decided to take a break from writing articles about fish and plants, and share with you my impressions of an amazing creation called Red Mangrove Crab.
In nature, this construction lives on the vast territory of Southeast Asia. This crab gives the greatest preference to mangrove thickets, although it is very often found on the beaches, where it drops in search of food.
If we take a closer look at the lifestyle of this leaflet and its habits, then the red mangrove crab can be considered both land and water species of crabs. When finding a long time in wet mangroves, a red crab can withstand a long time without water without problems. but when on a white sandy beach, the crab tries to stay closer to the water, to immediately hide in it, if there is the slightest danger to life.
Mangrove crabs can not boast of serious size. An adult crab can have a body diameter of no more than 5 centimeters. What I liked was a wide range of colors.
The back of the animal is mainly painted in red and blue. The legs are also reddish and have a purple hue.
Pincers are also painted red, but the “fingers” have a bright lemon, orange and yellow tint. This type of crabs is not difficult to distinguish between males and females. You only need to look at the belly.
The male belly is pressed very close to the back. In females, the belly is noticeably wider and flat.
When you examine the crab, do it carefully, as the beast can grab your fingers with its pincers. These crabs live no more than 4 years.
Under natural conditions, mangrove crabs keep apart from other members of this family and carefully protect their territory, which is located near their refuge. Therefore, if you bought this living creature for your aquaterrarium, do not worry about the problems of adaptation of the crab if it does not have a pair.
This crab feels great even in proud loneliness. If you still bought a pair of crabs, then note that quite often there are clashes between the female and the males.
If you want to reduce these zavarushki at a minimum, then in the aquaterrarium it is necessary to leave at least 30 square centimeters for each individual.
When you equip aquaterrarium, it is very important to remember about the behavioral characteristics of the mangrove crab. For example, the crab loves to bask in the sun on a pebble, which protrudes slightly from the water. Thus, he can quickly rush into the water if any danger appears.
If a mangrove crab sees an opponent in his kinsman, he will constantly look for an opportunity to harm his neighbor when he is in the most vulnerable state. This crab is characterized by a long wait, and when a suitable case turns up, and it will appear when the neighbor undergoes adaptation after a molt.
In this case, the red crab causes not only serious damage, but can even gobble up its neighbor. The most amazing, but such cannibalism is peculiar to both males and females.
It is necessary to organize filtration and aeration in the aquaterrarium. Always cover the crabs bowl, as they can easily get out of the aquarium with the help of aquarium equipment.
But if your pet still managed to slip away, do not worry much that he will run far away. Red crabs cannot do without water for a long time, because their gills quickly dry out and the crab begins to choke.
To find the loss, you just put a wet towel on the floor or put a shallow bowl of water. After a while, your pet will appear near the towel or basin.
It is very important that the water level in the aquaterrarium does not exceed 15 centimeters, and the humidity of the air in it is not less than 80%. As an aquarium substrate, you can use gravel, granite chips, coarse sand, and a large number of stones.
It is advisable to arrange them so that between them there are crevices in which the crab could hide. It is also desirable to organize a few surface islands, on which the crabs will crawl out to warm up and fortify.
Pay special attention to the greening of the crabs tank, as this animal lives in an environment where there is a large amount of greenery, which directly affects the health and life of these pets. Therefore, plant a large number of aquarium plants (cryptocorynes, wallisneria, elodiea, cabomba) into the aquaterrarium.
The mangrove crab eats mainly fodder of plant origin, but often does not mind being supported by small insects, worms, snails and bloodworms. In addition, as a variety of their diet, you can give crabs greens, vegetables, fruits. This way you prevent crabs from eating live vegetation in their abode.
In order not to pollute the aquaterrarium with food debris, it is recommended to spread it on rocks or a dry area of soil.
During spawning, the female red crab can lay up to 4 thousand eggs. But in aquaterrariums the mangrove crab does not reproduce, since in nature their future offspring pass through the plankton stage, which requires the presence of brackish water. In order for caviar to form a new progeny, it will take up to two months to wait.
After hatching, small crabs crawl out of the reservoir and head to the mangroves or freshwater pools. From this momentous moment, the growth and development of crabs does not depend on ocean waters.
Naturally, in the conditions of the aquaterrarium it is almost impossible to organize such.
The cost of a red mangrove crab is very acceptable, in addition, this animal is not very picky about its conditions. Therefore, beginners who like exotic forms of life can make their first purchase without regretting it.