Halloween Moon Crabs
The Halloween Moon Crab is originally from Costa Rica and is 2 to 2 1/2 inches wide and in captivity they can live as long as 10-12 years. These crabs are nocturnal and do most of their moving around at night. They are social creatures and do best in groups of two to four. But do not overcrowd them or they will fight and could seriously harm each other.
Here is an interesting video of a Halloween Moon Crab eating a cricket.
The Halloween Moon Crab has been called the most colorful crab on the planet because of the beautiful colors found on the crabs. In the wild these crabs are often observed carrying leafs and food into their burrows and climbing trees.
You can easily turn a 50 gallon aquarium into a great Halloween Moon Crab habitat. Keep in mind that you are going to need a small pool of water and it really should have a water fall falling into it or a small stream of water circulating through it to help keep the humidity in the crabs enclosure up.
These Halloween Moon Crabs which are part of the Hermit Crab family love to climb so you need to provide them with sturdy tree branches inside their enclosure to climb on. You can also take plastic pipe that is 3-4 inches across and 5-6 inches long and bury them in the enclosure floor to give them burrows like they would have back home in Costa Rica.
The temperature in your Halloween Moon Crab enclosure should be maintained at 75 to 80 degrees at all time and their really must be falling or running water in the crabs enclosure to keep the humidity up in the crabs enclosure.
Your Halloween Moon Crabs will do well on the commercial Hermit Crab Food but they also like crickets , meal worms , apples , peaches , and bananas. You can also give them small pieces of fish and chicken. The Halloween Moon Crabs are pretty docile and in no time at all once they get used to you they will reach out with a claw and take food from your hand.
The really important things to remember about your Halloween Moon Crabs are that their must be water kept running or falling in your crab enclosure to keep the humidity up and your crab enclosure must be kept at 75 to 80 degrees. Also remember that your Halloween Moon Crabs are nocturnal and they will be much more active at night.