I have always preached that someone wanting a pet should research that pet, then research a little more, before buying any pet. Well, guess what I bought today without knowing anything about these little guys?

Two African Land Crabs-$10.00 eachYes Land Crabs. The guy I bought them from had just received them in a shipment from his supplier. We threw 3 small gold fish in with each of the crabs and they ate them quickly. I was totally and completely fascinated with their eating. These little crabs are only about 2.25 inches from side to side, but when they grabbed the fish, they opened their mouths and their beak-like mouth went to town. They bit effortlessly into these goldfish and before you knew it, the goldfish had been eaten.

I mean in less than a minute. I was so excited by these little guys, they both came home with me. Am I a hypocrite or what? I've always researched my animals thoroughly, never tempted to impulse buy. But these guys went straight to my heart. So, now I need to find out as much as I can as quickly as I can.

So don't beat me up, but I had to have these little guys!!! Purple body and claws with orange legs. I'll post pictures somewhere so you can see them. However once you see them, I won't be responsible if you want to go right out and buy a few!!!
Jim Smith
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Hey it happens to everyone. I thought I knew the basics when it came to bearded dragons and brought 2 home only to find I didn't know as much as I thought I did, but the opportunity was there to do a trade with no cash and I went for it.
At least with people like us we do the research ASAP and don't wait until the animal is half dead to find a group and ask them to do the research for us. I'd love to see the pictures, crabs are cool.

Later,
janetlee
The only difference between a rut and a
grave is depth.
Jim, if people didn't yield to temptation, we'd all be back in the Garden, as Pete used to say.
I know you'll do right by them. It's your history. Enjoy!
I have always preached that someone wanting a pet should research that pet, then research a little more, before buying ... However once you see them, I won't be responsible if you want to go right out and buy a few!!!

I hate to say it, but every single one of my animals has been an impulse purchase. I've been, A) lucky with the species I've impluse bought, and B) since I always did my research after I got the critter home. I was usually able to figure things out, and I kinda knew what I was doing with the trickier species buy the time I got to them. I don't reccomend doing it that way, of course, and I've made my share of mistakes, none resulting in deaths, thank God. Well, not counting the plants. I kill plants.

As long as you figure things out it'll work out for you.
I have always preached that someone wanting a pet should ... anything about these little guys? Two African Land Crabs-$10.00 each

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I hate to say it, but every single one of my animals has been an impulse purchase. I've been, A) ... Well, not counting the plants. I kill plants. As long as you figure things out it'll work out for you.

There is nothing on the net about these little guys!!! I found 2 web pages and each was contradictory of each other. One said to only keep 1 in each enclosure, the other said that you can keep them in a small colony. And that was the closest each page came to having the same information. It's crazy!
They are called African Land Crabs, but from the scientific information I've found, they originate in Costa Rica.

Please stop the madness, someone has got to know something about these guys.
Jim Smith
Have you tried the library? I've been able to order books from colleges etc. through mine.

Later,
janetlee
The only difference between a rut and a
grave is depth.
They are called African Land Crabs, but from the scientific information I've found, they originate in Costa Rica.

Hmm, that information and your earlier description makes me wonder if this is the same animal as the huge crabs we saw in Belize near the beach. I believe they called them coconut crabs. Maybe google with that name?
Just a stab in the dark...
-M
They are called African Land Crabs, but from the scientific information I've found, they originate in Costa Rica.

Hmm, that information and your earlier description makes me wonder if this is the same animal as the huge crabs ... beach. I believe they called them coconut crabs. Maybe google with that name? Just a stab in the dark... -M

AKA Rainbow Land Crabs (Armatum garcarrcims)or Halloween Land Crabs (Gecarcinus quadratus) depending on the exact species you have. The term African Land Crab could denote either of them to be honest.

Is this it?:
http://www.ssnakess.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=7975&password=&sort=1&cat=500

Here's some husbandry info:
http://www.easyinsects.co.uk/landcrabs/
HTH
They are called African Land Crabs, but from the scientific information I've found, they originate in Costa Rica.

Hmm, that information and your earlier description makes me wonder if this is the same animal as the huge crabs ... beach. I believe they called them coconut crabs. Maybe google with that name? Just a stab in the dark... -M

As far as I can tell, they go by African Land Crab and Halloween Crab. They have a dark purple body, lighter purple claws and orange legs.

Is this the crab you saw in Belize?
Thanks!
Jim Smith
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