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Short-sheared land hermit crab (Coenobita brevimanus)

Short-sheared land hermit crab (Coenobita brevimanus)

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Coenobita brevimanus is one of the larger species in the genus Coenobita. The adults can grow up to 0.5 pounds (230 g). They can live 12–70 years and are known to grow to the size of a coconut. During the beginning of the crab's juvenile stage the middle of its carapace possesses a long reddish pigment area as does each side wall of the carapace. As the crab reaches one month old these areas develop into a brown stripe down the middle of the carapace and two brown bands on either side wall of the carapace. The rest of the carapace as well as the pereiopods slowly transition from a white color to a grayish color. Eventually, when they reach full adulthood, they are brownish red with violet shading on their limbs. The brown stripe and bands are still present in the adult crabs. They are darker than most other species of its genus.

Small Size:1.1-1.5 inches ( 3-4 cm )

Medium Size:1.9-2.3 inches ( 5-6 cm )

Large Size:1.9-2.3 inches ( 7-8 cm )

Care Level: Medium

Temperature: 77 - 89.6°F (20 - 32°C)

Feeding: Omnivore

Life Span: More than 12 years

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