Who & Where they are from
They are an undescribed semi-terrestrial crab species from the genus Geosesarma. they are one of very few “true” freshwater crabs with the ability to live and breed without making a mecca to the ocean. They are live-bearers giving birth to fully developed baby crabs. They grow to about a ¾ of an inch wide (carapace without legs) and can live for at least several years
They are fully grown at a body length of 2-3cm/0.8-1.2“ and therefore ideal for smaller aquaterrariums.Just to make a genral statment, they around half the length of your thumb Vampire crabs are a breed of spicies newly known to humans in the 21st century.
As a result of such, too little about them is known even to the experts and therefore too little information about them can be avaliable to be found. They are creepy in looks but however is a popular pet that many westerners love to have as a pet.
The demand is on the rise recently and this is one of the newsest and latest source of good income for Indonesia as it is only from indonesia that this breed of crab can be found. The part of Indonesia where they can be found in their naturtal habitat is the Indonesian island of Sulawesi (formerly Celebes) This species has established itself successfully in terrestrial and freshwater habitats and is now totally independent of the sea.
Vampire crabs are native to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi (formerly Celebes). They inhabit forests near sources of running freshwater. From our observations, they spend about half of their time on land and half in shallow freshwater pools.
They should be kept at 22-28°C/72-82°F and amid high humid conditions. They have a preference for dark and damp places. Ideally your setup should look like a beach with sand and water. Do give them plenty of places to hide. They love to hide & take note that direct sunlight is hurtful for them.
Diet : calcium
- dry food
- frozen dry food
- spring tails
- graze on algae
- frozen blood worm
- mosquito larvae
mating season of vampire crabs is during summer period
to be more specific it is between the month of june to august
Why are Vampire Crabs called as Vampires ?
Please be ensured of one thing, although they are called as vampires, they do not suck blood.
Since that is the case, why are they called as vampire then ?
One possiblily could be due to their appearance.
They are one of the most colorific crabs to become available, regularly exhibiting orange, purple, red, yellow and black, and thanks to their red eyes, which become evident at sub-adulthood.
But again, it can also be the coincidence of vampires in our human culture.
First of all, each and every single vampire crabs have a very unique tatoo born with them on their shell, all at the exact same spot & angle of the exact same shape
this shape itself is the symbol for vampires.
Next, they are purple in colour. Purple is itself a royal colour in ancient europe. It is the color that only the royals and nobels can wear and none others are allowed to wear.
Typically in european cultures of Count Dracula and other vampire stories, they are usually associated with the royals and nobels. The traditional uniform of Count Dracula does has purple colour as well. It is black on the outside and purple in the inside.
Thirdly , Vampire crabs are night creatures. They are only active at night. They are not active during the day. The way on how vampire crabs stalk and sneak to attack on their preys will only remind you of the way on how vampires prey on their victims in the movies.
Finally, direct sunlight is hurtful towards them
This 4 points itself is a weird coincidences by itself. How can it be so much of a coincidences ?
what do you think ?