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The vampire crab , also known as Geosesarma bogorensis, is a small freshwater crab native to Southeast Asia. As comfortable on land as in fresh water, its favorite areas are forests, near streams, rivers and ponds.
It measures 2 to 3cm, it has beautiful shades of violet and purple, with a circular spot oscillating from yellow to orange, even from mauve to white. As for his eyes, they vary from yellow to red through orange. Females are smaller and less colorful than males.
The vampire crab is known to be an omnivorous scavenger. It feeds mainly on filamentous algae and detritus in the paludarium . It will hunt live food both on land and underwater.
He is also fond of dry food rich in plant matter, fresh and dried vegetables, invertebrates and insects of all kinds.
A true opportunist, he is ready to devour other ornamental animals (fish, invertebrates) in order to satisfy his appetite.
In the wild, vampire crabs have terrestrial habits, despite living near the aquatic environment. They prefer to hide in dense vegetation and between rocks .
The paludarium is the ideal habitat for this animal which goes very little in the water. A tank or terrarium will do just as well.
In small freshwater purple crabs , the hatching of the eggs reveals small already formed beings. This is called the direct reproduction mode.
On the other hand, reproduction only concerns acclimatized couples. Patience is key.
The female is capable of producing about 50 eggs, twice a year. The incubation period is several weeks and forces the female to remain hidden.
Temperature: 24° - 28°
pH: 7.5 - 8.0
GH: 12 - 30
Humidity: + 75%