Scientific name: Uca sp.
There are more than 100 species of Fiddler Crab worldwide, and many make popular pets. Fiddler Crabs are found in brackish waters of salt marshes and swamps, from Africa to North America. They are small crabs (under 2 inches / 5 cms.), and males are distinguished by having one claw which is much larger than the other.
New Crab Owners
Improper handling, special pond
pairs, fair sized tank
Mr. Krabs started out as a fourth grade class pet. At the end of the year, he had to find a permanent home, and that ended up being with me.
He was fascinating to watch. Until that point in my life, I only ever really had experience with the basic cats and dogs, and Mr. Krabs opened up a whole new world for me. I learned a lot by observing him.
He was very simple to take care of, simple enough that a fourth grader managed to do it alone. He was not very social, however, and spent 90% of his time burrowed where I could not see him. Whenever I put food in his tank, he always waited until I had left and it was safe before coming out to eat it. I admit that I don't remember what his exact diet was, but I do know it was easy to find at the local pet store. He didn't need any particular lighting or heat, and was easy to clean up after.
He ended up dying while I was at summer camp the next year. He had been left in the care of my grandmother, and when she fed him and he didn't come out (which was normal for him), she assumed he was dead and emptied his tank into the garbage. As morbid as it is, I have to assume he was still alive when this happened. So please, if the crab is hiding or not rushing out to eat right away, be patient. They can be a little skittish.
I think this is a wonderful pet for children because it is so low maintenance and so interesting to look at. I would recommend that the child be a bit older though, so they understand it and can learn from it..
From cjcolello Mar 5 2016 4:50AM
These are the cutest and so much fun to keep! I find them incredibly easy pets to take care of, and the other nice thing is you can have more than one in an enclosure. (Don't put them with larger crabs though. They may seem fine for awhile, but they will inevitably become lunch.) They are simple to feed, and will eat pre-packaged food but I found they prefer smaller, still-moving fish. They are absolutely a display animal if you are looking for something with more energy to have in your living room while entertaining or for a conversation piece. They "dance" often and put on a great show. They're relatively tame, but not huge fans of being handled. They'll be slightly aggressive if you try to take them out by hand and will pinch. .
From arachnamancer Mar 1 2017 8:24PM