The "Snakeskin Crayfish" (Cherax boesemani var. "Snakeskin") represents a rare and captivating color mutation of the Papua Blue Marble Crayfish, also known as the Supernova Crayfish. This unique variation boasts vibrant hues and originates from the West Papua region of New Guinea. Despite its moniker, the term "lobster" is misapplied here, as it's an inhabitant of freshwater environments.
In aquarium settings, this crayfish proves to be an engaging presence, often seen exploring the tank floor in search of sustenance. Displaying omnivorous tendencies, it consumes a wide array of both animal and plant-based fare, with a preference for plant matter as it matures. Yet, caution is required with ornamental live plants, as they tend to disappear rapidly due to the crayfish's appetite. The creature's adept climbing skills necessitate special measures to prevent escapes from its enclosure.
As maturity sets in, territorial inclinations arise, occasionally leading to confrontational behavior towards tankmates. To foster a harmonious environment, ample hiding spots like rocks, driftwood, or PVC pipes are essential, particularly when housing multiple crayfish together. To accommodate an adult crayfish, a minimum 30-gallon well-filtered tank is advised. For groups of similarly sized adults, a larger space of 55 gallons or more is preferable. Regular water changes are vital to maintaining the creature's well-being due to its waste production.
While it's possible to coexist Snakeskin Crayfish with swift-swimming fish occupying higher water levels, caution must be exercised as crayfish are opportunistic feeders, devouring whatever they can capture. On the flip side, it's not recommended to share the tank with bottom-dwelling invertebrates or fish, due to potential predation. This crayfish variety's durability is notable, yet attentive care is integral to its overall health.