Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Interesting Facts About the Halloween Hermit Crab

Here are some interesting facts about the beautiful and colorful Halloween Hermit Crab - a lovely exotic pet.

1.) Like janitor fish, it is a favorite aquarium pet for its ability to routinely clean algae.

2.) Halloween Hermit Crab is considered the most brightly colored hermit crab in normal aquarium use.

3.) Other common names of this beautiful aquarium pet include Orange Legged Hermit Crab and Striped hermit Crab.

4.) This marine creature of the Indo-Pacific region is commonly found along coral substrates and in the ocean and along sandy areas surrounding reefs.

5.) It can be found also in the Red Sea and is believed to have originated from Hawaii.

6.) This lovely-looking crustacean can grow up to 5.1 cm in length.

7.) This nocturnal animal lives primarily in cone shells.

8.) It is a good aquatic pet because t has a lifespan of up to 10 years.

9.) It is well known for its distinct and vibrant coloration and has been described as an unusual hermit crab.

10.) This hermit crab is characterized by vividly colored walking legs, a red body, and alternating horizontal bright orange and white bands giving it the likeness of the festive colors of Halloween.

11.) The Halloween Hermit Crab is omnivorous and a scavenger, eating nearly anything that appears in its environment, including small animals.

12.) It feeds on live and dead animal material, including detritus and filamentous algae.

13.)  If a Halloween Hermit Crab’s shell is too small, it may attack a snail for a larger shell.

14.) The Halloween Hermit Crab can eat quickly.

15.) This marine pet can eat any left-over food that settles along the bottom, sifts through the sand which aerates the aquarium substrate.

*Precaution: It has the tendency to attack and kill fish and other invertebrate in the tank.

*Remember to feed them with clams, mussels, shrimps and scallop.

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