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justme
09-17-2008, 06:59 PM
I discovered a strange creature in front of my house. It was in the grass and then crawled into the drainage ditch.

Does anyone know what it is? It looks like a lobster.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v735/lovemecards/Picture049.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v735/lovemecards/Picture050.jpg

quickWit
09-17-2008, 07:00 PM
My guess would be Crayfish.

justme
09-17-2008, 07:04 PM
My guess would be Crayfish.

Thank you. I looked up a picture of one and it looks the same. I'd never seen one before.

Shadow_Ferret
09-17-2008, 07:18 PM
Yeah, crayfish, crawfish, crawdaddy.

I can't tell perspective from that, but it looks really really tiny.

Find some more and have a boil.

Seaclusion
09-17-2008, 07:21 PM
I'll never forget the day my father came over to my house telling me there are lobsters crossing the road. I live 30 mi from the ocean. I had to explain they were freshwater crayfish.

Richard

NeuroFizz
09-17-2008, 07:26 PM
A quick scan lists 51 species of crayfish in the State of Kentucky.

The best way to handle them is with boiling water, butter and garlic, or with a good cajun sauce. Don't forget to suck the heads.

CaroGirl
09-17-2008, 07:29 PM
At the creek behind my childhood home we used to catch those in buckets. And then we put them back again.

Shadow_Ferret
09-17-2008, 07:31 PM
Don't forget to suck the heads.
Really? Because this Chinese buffet we go to has them. You can eat the gooky head insides, too? I've always wondered, The body and head don't look particularly appetizing. Just the tail does.

Amarie
09-17-2008, 07:35 PM
If you get a sudden urge to go fishing, catfish love crawdads.

NeuroFizz
09-17-2008, 07:41 PM
Really? Because this Chinese buffet we go to has them. You can eat the gooky head insides, too? I've always wondered, The body and head don't look particularly appetizing. Just the tail does.
Ask any Cajun...

http://www.crawdads.net/feed/nutrition/index.htm

Shadow_Ferret
09-17-2008, 07:45 PM
Ask any Cajun...

http://www.crawdads.net/feed/nutrition/index.htm
I'm a Yank. About 1000 miles from the nearest Cajun.

But now I get to teach my 8-year-old he can eat that part, too. He always asked and I said, "Just eat the tail."

Mela
09-17-2008, 07:48 PM
I don't know if I could eat one of those. And if I saw them cross the road I'd probably freak.
Then again, here in Jersey, I used to jog with turkey vultures not too far from me ... minding their own business but still, one never knows.

CaroGirl
09-17-2008, 07:54 PM
You couldn't eat the crayfish around here. The biggest wouldn't be much bigger than your thumbnail. When your summer lasts 8 weeks and your winter lasts 24, critters don't get much of a chance to grow.

JoNightshade
09-17-2008, 08:01 PM
I'm in California - just this weekend I was out hiking and there were a TON of crayfish all along the stream! I poked a big one with a stick and he tried to fight with it a bit. :) I was wondering if they ever came out of the water... question answered!

TrainofThought
09-17-2008, 08:05 PM
The body and head don't look particularly appetizing. Just the tail does.*snickers*

quickWit
09-17-2008, 08:07 PM
*snickers*

Mmmmmmmmmmmm, snickers...

writerterri
09-17-2008, 08:41 PM
Mmmm. *boiling water*

I love tail.




Dorkiestthreadevah

veinglory
09-17-2008, 08:43 PM
We have these in the pond near my apartment in Chicago. You rarely see them out of the water, but the recent flooding seems to have stirred them up a bit.

justme
09-17-2008, 09:10 PM
Yeah, crayfish, crawfish, crawdaddy.

I can't tell perspective from that, but it looks really really tiny.

Find some more and have a boil.


It is hard to tell from the picture, but it was bigger than my hand. I'm not sure what the average size is. I can't believe I'd never seen a crawdad before; I must lead a sheltered life.