Crayfish and Lobsters 1
By Larry Arnold, Aqualand Pets Plus
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Tasty and Fun. Crayfish
(crawfish, crawdads, crabs, freshwater lobsters, baby lobsters, yabbies, catfish
bait, mud bugs or whatever you wanna call them) fascinate people -- particularly
Few observers can resist the way these armored arthropods clamber about
on the bottom searching for adventure and scavenging for food.
Kids love these critters. So do teachers. Every third grade teacher
in our area teaches a unit on crayfish. Little 3rd graders come in knowing
how to sex these varmints. Can you?
LA Kids love these critters. So do teachers. Every third grade teacher in our area teaches a unit on crayfish. Little 3rd graders come in knowing how to sex these varmints. Can you?
A: I'll add your comments in the lobster section.
Amber Pasley, Missouri, February 18, 2011
Larry, I saw in your article about crawdads with someone making a comment about having a bichir with a crawdad. I thought this was interesting because I also have a bichir. I used to keep crawdads, before the tank was switched out for the bichir. My son caught a 3" longpincered crawdad one day, and we decided to add it to the tank. After a week of the 4" bichir stalking it, I finally awoke one day to see the crawdad, dead on it's side with the bichir taking chunks out of it's underbelly. All the feeder fish were around it picking up scraps. I was so suprised. All the time, I was worried about the crawdad eating the slow moving bichir, when I guess I should've been worried for the crawdad. Now, anytime we go fishing, we make sure to bring home a buffet of crawdads and frogs for the bichir. I would be interested to know if Jeremy Nycz (the writer of the comment) still has it, and how long he had it in the tank when he wrote that.
Just a little tidbit for ya!
A: I currently have a two-inch crawdad in a breeding tank of 10-inch flowerhorns. Crawdads can ward off aggressors until they molt. At this time they are soft and helpless (and tasty). I'll add your comments to my crawdad page. Thanks. LA
Tasty Morsels. In the wild, crayfish ARE the food. Raccoons, larger fishes, larger crayfish, lizards, Louisianans, and turtles all consider them tasty (if somewhat crunchy) treats. Freshly shed (soft shell crayfish) are especially tasty and vulnerable.
Well Armored. A crayfish backed into its burrow presents a wall of
defense too difficult for most predators to overpower.
When dropped into an Oscar tank, however, their shells and claws offer a futile
defense. Oscars snap them right up.
Oscars like the taste. Oscars like the crunch. And oscars
like the fight.
Around the edges of most U.S. ponds you'll see piles of mud with a hole in the center. Crayfish hide in these holes. Fish farmers in Arkansas dislike them because they weaken the walls of their ponds. But they dislike muskrats and beavers even more. Mammals gouge much larger holes.
LA Crayfish vary in color -- a lot -- from brownish to reddish.
Not Rare. Crayfish
grow wild in Iowa. You can catch
them in creeks and ponds containing no large fishes.
Toss out a line with a piece of bacon on it.
You need no hook. The
stubborn crayfish gloms onto the bacon and refuses to release it as you pull him
(sometimes them) to shore. You’ll
know how well those big pincers work, unless you pick them up correctly.
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