From the coasts of West and Central Africa originates Cardisoma armatum. The bright orange colored legs form a strong contrast to the blue body and let this crab become an attractive ornament. With a carapax diameter of approximately 10 cm it does not belong to the smallest crabs, therefore a spacy tank has to be offered for it. This species predominantly lives on land and needs only a small water-part in the aqua-terrarium. But one should keep in mind that these landcrabs breath through gills and the water – preferably slightly brackish water containing about 5-10 grams salt per litre water – in the gill-chamber must be renewed quite often. This is the reason why the water in the water-part of the aqua-terrarium must be always of top quality. These omnivorous crabs do not have high requirements on their food, they feed on a great variety of food, but fruits and vegetables form a large part of their diet.
For our customers: the animals have code 482003 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Photo F. Schäfer, Text K. Diehl