There are some truly bizarre and wonderful crabs, writes Sam Tisdale, which are among the best of the bunch.
The ghost crabs have a distinctive look and feel, and they’re not only incredibly hardy and docile, they’re also quite easy to keep alive.
“These crabs are a perfect example of what you can do with your garden,” Mr Tisdales says.
The Ghost Crabs, also known as Ghost Crayfish, are not native to New Zealand, but are native to Asia and Africa.
They have long been considered a nuisance, especially in the New Zealand summer.
Ghost crabs are found on the western side of New Zealand’s Great Barrier Reef and are one of the largest invertebrates on the planet.
Many of the crabs have been bred for their meat, but the only real requirement is that they eat something.
These ghost crabs can live for more than 100 years, but they have been known to live as long as 15 years.
Once they’ve been raised for their food, they usually don’t eat it for at least another year, according to Mr Tondales.
He explains that this is because they’re sensitive to chemicals, and are unable to digest their own waste.
So what are these crabs good for?
Ghost crabs have long made a name for themselves as food for many of the world’s animals.
Most are used in Japanese and Korean dishes such as shrimps, crab cakes and squid, but their shells also turn up in other tropical countries.
It is believed that the crabs can even help control malaria, and some research has even suggested that ghost crabs could help reduce obesity and help with the development of insulin resistance.
In New Zealand they’re usually raised in tanks and can be kept in large ponds, which can help prevent any unwanted animals entering.
One of the biggest problems that ghost crab owners have is getting the crabs to eat, and this is where the use of ghost crabs comes in.
This is where some experts believe that the creatures are best suited to live in a more natural setting.
“It’s probably the most natural thing to do in terms of the environment,” Mr Molloy says.
“The reef’s been here for thousands of years and you have to do it a lot differently.”
But not everyone agrees.
Some ghost crabs believe that this should be treated as a nuisance.
Others believe that it is the crabs themselves who should be responsible for their survival.