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Sunday, March 22, 2009


Babooshka has critters on her Mothering Sunday post and they are a lot cuter than this one!

This is a crayfish. They look a lot like lobsters but live in fresh water. Now that the ice has (mostly) melted from the surface of the lakes, these animals are coming out of their winter hibernation in the mud. Whether they're looking for food, warmth (in the shallows) or territory, I don't know. I do know that they have started moving about and are easily seen in the shallows along the shores, especially if there's a rocky bit of bottom, with places for them to hide.

I'm reasonably sure this fellow (lady?) is Orconectes immunis but that's only a guess on my part based on the sluggish, silty water. This particular specimen measures about 3 inches (7.5cm) long.


  1. We used to scoop them out of canals, boil them and eat them. Who knows who kinds of chemicals and such came along with that canal water!

  2. The Maori name for them is Koura,and they are considered a delicacy in NZ. They are still quite plentiful here especially in back country streams. Like Boise Diva, we used to boil them up in billy made from a treacle tin. Yum


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