The Crab Diet

October 23, 2010


Ha! Not what you think. The question is what do crabs eat? Here’s an excerpt from Answers.Com

Crabs are ‘carrion eaters’, meaning they feast on what’s left after a larger predator has its fill. Typically, they munch on pieces of dead fish or whatever else happens to wind up on the bay or ocean bottom, since that’s where they live.
They are detrivores. They will consume animal as well as plant matter (algae, etc.). They will mostly live off plankton and other types of water plantation. They also eat some small fish in the wild.
Crabs are opportunists. They will eat what they find, including partially decomposed items.
They also eat hatchling turtles.
Some species have been known to eat guano (bat droppings).


Definition of DETRITIVORE
: an organism (as an earthworm or a fungus) that feeds on dead and decomposing organic matter

Detrivore sounds better but the dictionary insists that it is detritivore.



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