Red Swamp Crayfish

Red swamp crayfish

The red swamp crayfish is an omnivore, consuming many food sources such as plants, animals, organic material, sediment, etc. They live in a variety of wet habitats and are tolerant of many environmental conditions. They move across land to find suitable habitat. In shoreland areas, just above the water line, they create burrows with holes up to two inches in diameter and a “chimney” of mud around the opening. Breeding typically occurs in the fall, and females can produce up to 500 eggs, which incubate and mature while attached to the female. Females can be found incubating eggs or carrying young year-round. Recently hatched crayfish remain in the burrow with their mother up to eight weeks. Their life span is two to five years.


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