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Halloween Moon Crabs

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:16 am
by Emmorgan
Hi! So I’ve been looking into getting some pet Halloween Moon crabs, but I can’t find much information on if they’re all wild caught, if they’re endangered, etc. I don’t want to adopt a pet that’s wild caught or endangered, aside from my hermies that I adopted 3 years ago before I learned how horrible their circumstances are, being taken from the wild, pulled out of their shells, etc. I’m really interested in Halloween Moon crabs, and I’m 99% positive they’re wild caught. But I just want to see if there is anyone here who might have more information on them. I understand their care, and it’s not too different from that of a hermit crab, but it’s their origins and treatment before they end up in that box at the door or pet store paper box I’m interested in. I don’t want to support mistreatment or wild capturing of a species.

Re: Halloween Moon Crabs

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:01 am
by wodesorel
I have never heard of them being bred in captivity, but someone out there may have done it. For sure if you're getting them from a pet store they have been wild caught! They are cheap and easy to get so breeding isn't going to be a priority for the distributors.

Re: Halloween Moon Crabs

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:07 am
by aussieJJDude
Look into vampire crabs, from my understanding they all captive bred and regularly do so in the trade.

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Re: Halloween Moon Crabs

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:13 pm
by SilverHermits
Here I found something that might help: ... are-sheet/
It mentioned how all Halloween Moon Crabs are wild-caught as well as a couple other things
I found NOTHING on breeding them in captivity