The Sacramento Zoo notes that they have a creature dressed for the season: Halloween moon crabs, also known as jack-o’-lantern crabs.
Spots and coloration on their carapace make them appear perfectly suited for Oct. 31. With the San Francisco Giants set to play Game 7 of the 2014 World Series Wednesday night, they also appear to be outfitted to root for the local team with their black and orange coloring.
The crabs, which are rarely seen in zoos, are found in the Sacramento Zoo’s Reptile House, sharing an exhibit with a blue tree monitor, which is an Indonesian lizard. There are nine of the crustaceans at the zoo.
Halloween moon crabs are found along the Pacific coast of Central and South America. They range in size from 1.5 to 3 inches.
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The crabs spawn in the ocean but spend the majority of time on land. Like other crabs, they walk from side to side, not forward or backward, according to the zoo’s spokeswoman, Tonja Candelaria.
The nocturnal crabs are social creatures, sharing burrows with each other. Omnivorous, they eat fruit, fish, carrion, insects, leaves and seedlings.
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