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KittenClaw22
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# Posted: 16 Apr 2006 22:04


Has anyone here ever kept red claw crabs (Sesarma Bidens?)

I've done some research on these, and I am trying to deside if they would make a good addition to my critter family.

What I am seeing leads me to think that their care is similer to fiddler crab care. Brackish water, very little land, 70-80 degrees. They eat almost anything, supposedly. Very messy critters, need a good filter.

I've also read (just about everywhere that I have seen) that they are very crabby (haha!) and pinchy escape artists.

I was just wondering if anyone had any first hand experience with them.

My local wal-mart has three of them in seperate tiny deli-cups with aquarium gravel and about an inch of water.

My heart goes out to these critters, and I very nearly bought them before doing any research, but thought better.

I feel bad for them, but I am not sure if they are going to make a very good addition to my home.

Any comments?


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beth irving
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# Posted: 17 Apr 2006 01:31


never had one but have been told they are good pets, fun to watch. They are semi aquatic i think.


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beth irving
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# Posted: 17 Apr 2006 01:50


there is a web site- red claw crab, Red clawed crab care, freshwater crab sesaime bidens hope this helps, and i will look it up in case not.


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KittenClaw22
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# Posted: 17 Apr 2006 09:09


Beth, from what I have seen they really don't do well in freshwater, they are brackish water animals and require a mild salinity (salt water.)

Like fiddler crabs when kept in fresh water they don't live very long.


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beth irving
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# Posted: 17 Apr 2006 23:46


ok just trying to help, are you going to get them.


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KittenClaw22
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# Posted: 18 Apr 2006 04:41


I know. A lot of people keep these crabs in freshwater, as they do fiddlercrabs, but it isn't what is best for the animals. Shorter lives and etc.

I don't know if I will get them, they seem to be rather pinchy and I don't like blood blisters. Just from what I seen in the store they were all pretty much trying to get out, and when I picked up the container they started opening and closing their claws.

I haven't been able to find anyone who has kept them alive for long in captivity.

They are used as fish bait in asia, and aren't pets.

It seems like a good way to waste at least $50 to buy them.


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madfrog
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# Posted: 19 Jun 2010 23:30


am geting one i was told that they live in brackish water need a 10 gallon tank live up to 4 years (i think they live longer) need a tenp atleast 75 degrees


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# Posted: 19 Jun 2010 23:31


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