Saturday, 2 January 2010

Crab collars

I just had to preserve this, recently posted on Wikipedia and not unnaturally speedy-deleted as a hoax.

Crab collars

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Collars have been recommended for people who have pet crabs of the following varieties:
  • Hermit (All Paguroidea varieties)
  • Halloween (Geocarcinus quadratus)
  • Japanese spider crabs (Macrocheira kaempferi)


Many people don't consider the importance of collars for pet crabs. Some key reasons collar users are listed below:
  1. Identification
  2. Protection
  3. Listed Medical Allergies
  4. Contact Number / Return Address
  5. Bling
  • Users have found peace of mind especially when having to ask their pets to be minded with the added support that a collar offers.


  • Carefully clean the pet before attaching to help provide a close bond with the collar.
  • Ensure that the collar is attached firmly to the to the crab's largest Merus as to stop the pet from being able to detach the collar with a cheliped.
  • Do Not attach a collar to a main shell for Hermit varieties as the pet can simply remove itself from the housing. Special collars made for these varieties are to be attached to the Cephalothorax
  • Tighten the collar just enough so that it cannot move or twist.
  • Choose a colour that compliments your crab, the delicate social structure of crabs can greatly be affected due to favourtism and rejection.


  • A fitted collar can provide a great deal of fun outside of the confides of your tank or aquarium. Well exercised crabs are happy crabs
  • When swimming with your pet, ensure you take an extended lead to ensure maximum freedom. As crabs are predominately land crawlers they may stress do to prolonged or restricted underwater activity.
  • When requiring your pet to be cared for temporarily by a friend or relative, ensure your collar is up to date with details.
- Ray

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