How much does a blue crab increase in size on molting?
Under normal conditions, about a one-third increase occurs with
What is the difference between soft and hard shell crabs?
They are the same species. A soft-shell crab is one that has
just discarded its shell. Crabs which have just shed their shell hide
in rocks or bury themselves in sand and mud to escape predators. They
emerge after the new shell hardens, a quick process.
How old does a blue crab get?
A female may live 2 years, a male 3.
What is a "coconut crab"? Where do they live?
A large, land hermit crab, which lives on tropical Pacific
islands. The crab is so named because it eats coconuts, is even caught
on coconut used as bait. The meat is considered a delicacy in the
Is a stone crab harmed when its large claw is broken off?
Fisherman often break off the large claw and throw the crab
back into the water. If the break is made at the first joint, the crab
is not harmed. The stone crab can and does sever its own claw at the
first joint (by muscular contraction) to escape from danger.