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Emerald crab mating


Robb in Austin

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Has anyone ever witnessed emerald crabs mating?

We just saw our remaining two 'wrestling' and it's the only thing I can think that was happening. The smaller one was on top and they were in, for lack of a better term, the missionary position. The larger one had a pretty good hold on the smaller one with the back legs.

They weren't fighting with their big front pinchers.

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That's good info, thanks!

HAHAHA!

I got 2 emeralds from diabeetus this week and they were in the same bag, in the same position you talked about. They looked like they were wrestling, but they weren't moving.

I'll go with they were mating. Its in the air.

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If you want to sex them flip them over and look at their tails, crabs have tails like shrimp it's just folded underneath the carapace. The males tail is real narrow and is easily seen with it's segments against it's belly. The females tail is almost as wide as it's carapace. When it's got eggs it makes a "pouch" between it's tail and carapace to carry them. Congradulations!

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