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Discussion in 'Frequently Asked Questions' started by jesyca, Nov 12, 2006.

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  1. jesyca

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    OK, are small crabs just baby crabs that will grow to be jumbo crabs eventually? Can you determin the age of your crab based on its size?
     
  2. hermiesrokmysox

    hermiesrokmysox (Large Crab)

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    This is true, but I think the size of the crab can accurately determine the age
     
  3. Crab*Fanci

    Crab*Fanci (Micro Crab)

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    Sorry if I'm stealing your post jesyca but if I have a large crab how old would it be?
     
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    All crabs grow at different rates so I would say it not a safe way to detrmine age
     
  5. Crab*Fanci

    Crab*Fanci (Micro Crab)

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    So then is there a way to tell the age?
     
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    no there is no real way to tell. all the theories cant hold up but you can guess.
     
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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    Somewhat resurrecting this, but wikipedia's estimate (yes, I know, it's wikipedia but it's linking to crabstreetjournal for this tidbit) is golfball size = 10 years, tangerine/mandarin orange size = 20 years, jumbos=late 20s-30s.
     
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    If you pay attention to your own tanks and have crabs for any length of time- there is NO WAY to determine the age by size. Wikipedia is not gospel in fact I think "people" can change facts on there. Sorry I will disagree again. :hermez:
     
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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    The only reason I posted that was that the source for that information was the CrabStreetJournal website, as I noted in my earlier reply.

    I've heard it said that you can tell number of molts by rings on antennae, although if the crab is alive I don't know how you could actually do that.
     
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