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Species Care Sheet: Ruggie (Coenobita rugosus)

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Species Care Sheet: Ruggie (Coenobita rugosus)

PostAuthor: HCADirectors » Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:52 pm

Ruggie (Coenobita rugosus)

Other Common Names: Rug,
C. pseudorugosus, C. pseudorugosus robertii and C. brunneus are included here as having the same care.

Forum species nickname: Ruggie (plural Ruggies)


Below are the specialty characteristics of this species. For information on enclosures, housing size, diet, water needs and general care that apply to all species, please see our Crab Care Brochure, located here: viewtopic.php?t=92457


Description: Rugs are distinguished by their uniquely shaped claw that has very noticeable stitch marks, and also by their slender off-color shield leg that resembles a sword. They can be found a range of colors - red, blue, purple, green, blue, grey, white, cream, pink, and brown. Darker individuals generally have a lot of setae, giving them a hairy look.

Native Habitat: Found all over the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific.

Temperatures: 80 degrees, slightly higher and lower is safe.

Humidity: At least 70%, though higher is safe for all hermit crabs.

Activity Level: Moderate.

Shells: Turbos.
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