Live Pet Crayfish Kit Section - The Uncle Jones Pet Crawdad Kit has everything you need to keep this fascinating pet! A crawdad is from the Crustacea group so is closely related to the lobster. They are over 500 species of crawdad living in freshwater environments around the world, with 350 of those species living in North America! Crawdads can also have many other names such as Crayfish, Crawdaddy, Yabbie or Mud Bug. Your pet crayfish can live up to several years, providing you much entertainment during that time, as they have many interesting capabilities that make them unique. They tend to be shy little critters and prefer to live alone, thus even though 2 Crawdads will fit, you should only have 1 in your Habitat. This kit includes some fun experiments to do with your new pet in an easy to read brochure, as well as a full-page handout that will get you to know more about your crawdad, and the interesting capabilities this little crustacean has to offer!
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I am a Crawdad that comes from freshwater bodies of water around the world. I am very popular as there are over 500 species of my kind in this world, with 350 of those species living in North America! I have many other names such as Crayfish, Crawfish, Crawdaddy, Yabbie, and Mudbug, and did you know I am very closely related to the Lobster? During the day I like to hide under rocks and vegetation, because I am a bit shy and like to be alone to myself, but at night watch me come alive and do all sorts of fascinating things!
Want to know what I can do? Get to know the super COOL parts of my Anatomy!
- My body is made up of a tough, heavily mineralized exoskeleton that I use as a shield of armor, to protect myself against predators. Did you know that I shed my exoskeleton every time I want to grow bigger? I can even grow new limbs this way if I want to! However, I am a bit delicate after I molt, so please leave me alone to recover a few days when I do this! Did you also know that often I need a bit of extra calcium during this stage and I actually eat my exoskeleton to meet my nutritional requirements?
- Did you know my exoskeleton can come in three different colors? …red, white and blue! Pretty patriotic don’t you think?!! My most common color is red, but some species are blue because of lacking a specific color gene in their DNA. The rarest color is white, resulting from a lack of pigmentation gene, which is very similar to albinism in humans
-These are my big claws that I use to catch my prey. I also use these babies for defense in times of danger!
-This is the appendage that is my farthest body segment. When I need to get away quickly, I move my Telson, my tail flicks underneath of me, and I make my rapid backward escape!
-My antennas are used as sensory organs to help me feel my surroundings better.
-I have gills that are “feathery” in appearance so that I have greater surface area, and thus more gas exchange to bring oxygen into my body to breathe! Oh, and just because I have gills doesn’t mean that I can’t be out of water. If you can keep my gills wet I can stay on land as long as I want!
Walking Legs to Walk and Swimmerets to Swim
-I have 4 pairs of walking legs, each with an attached gill to increase my breathing capacity!
-Underneath my abdomen I have many swimmerets, which are abdominal limbs that function to help me swim and carry eggs during times of breeding!
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