Urgent help needed Crab picked up in Jozi parking lot

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  1. fwkruger

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    Hi there,

    Last night I was on my way home when I spotted a crab in the parking lot. This in the middle of Jozi is a little puzzling. It's body is a little smaller than a grown man's fist. Anyone with some idea where it could have come from??

    Didn't think it would make it alone. So I took it with me. Could some one identify the species?

    Any advice on what to do, how to take care of it, etc would be appreciated. I know nothing about taking care of a crab.

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  3. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Any rivers close by to where you found it?
     
  4. gaboon

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    I found one exactly like that in my pool 2 weeks ago. Not sure what kind though. Drop it off at a nice river. Prob not helping with it being in fresh tap water either.
     
  5. erle_vaughan

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    it is a fresh water river crab... in natal all the little streams and rivers are full of them... they can get big enough to chow your digits right off.
     
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    Were there any hermits in the parking lot?
     
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    They travel quite a distance. We have many of them at our office in PTA and the river is far away.
     
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    LOL!!!!

    Joburg is a swamp at the moment, so no surprise there...
     
  9. fwkruger

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    Thanks guys. Rivers are about 1.5km from where I found it.

    It had a ton of small white babies during the day. Water is full of the stuff!!

    What do these crabs eat?
     
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    eat babies, if nothing else are available

    I found one in my garage last year. And we are about 1km away from a stream.
     
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    o, and welcome to MASA:thumbup:
     
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    With all this rain I heard of barbel swimming into peoples gardens! :eek:
     
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