Re: NANFA-- Off topic: crabs
Mon, 20 Aug 2001 20:49:38 EDT

In a message dated 8/20/01 8:40:33 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< What's the best diet for them? Do they need much plant matter? How about
temperature? How long will they live? I take it they need some kind of
hiding place? Do they prefer full sea water?
Blue crabs will eat almost anything but prefer animal protean, fish being the
preferred source. They can and will eat everything from detritus to you if
you hold still long enough. I honestly don't how long they live but I would
assume several years. Most of their hiding is done by burrowing in find sand
or mud and waiting for something small enough to overpower to swim by. Yes
they do prefer full sea water but will live in freshwater if it has a high
concentration of calcium. the largest Blue crabs I have ever seen (13" across
from horn to horn) were caught from freshwater. They usually stay much
smaller in salt water.

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