Orconectes spinosus (Tennessee River spiny crayfish)
Origin: Alabama, Tenessee, Georgia, North Carolina (USA).
Appearance: Light brown crayfish with olive green claws. The tips of the scissors are orange. The claws have yellow coloured spines.
Sexing: Males have gonopods and larger claws.
Life span: Up to 2 years.
Size: 3 to 4cm.
Character: Not very aggressive.
Tank setup: As with other crayfish, some fast fish and fast growing plants. Dimensions from 40cm for a couple.
Waterconditions: Temperatuur 10-22ºC.
Feeding: Eat pretty much anything. Provide plenty of leaves. They also like to eat snails and worms.
Breeding: Produce offspring probably once a year like other Orcenectus species.
Tank mates: Fast fish.
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