Red Swamp Crayfish are big crayfish, and as their name implies they are colored bright red. This species of crayfish is frequently farmed for human consumption. They are also a popular menu item in the Great Trinity Forest.
I find bits and pieces of Red Swamp Crayfish all over the Joppa Preserve. I find them on dirt trails, concrete bike trails, on the shores of lakes and ponds, in the middle of open fields, and deep in wooded areas. They must be a staple of the diet of many a resident predator.
In some places I have come across what could only be described as a killing field. These are places where crayfish parts litter the ground; places where a mass feeding has occurred.
Its not clear what animal has dined on the crayfish in these pictures, but the list of possibles is long: Raccoons, River Otters, Coyotes, Feral Hogs, and various herons, egrets and other wading birds.
|Date||–||Jun 3, 2012|
|Time of Day||–||Noon|
|Temperature||–||Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)|
|Type of Behavior||–||Death|
|Main Article||–||Red Swamp Crayfish||Observation Location|