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.

A Red Swamp Crayfish carcass next to a men’s size 12 hiking boot.

Observations Details

County Dallas
City Dallas
Date Jun 3, 2012
Time of Day Noon
Temperature Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
Weather Clear
Habitat Recreation-Park
Type of Behavior Death
Gender Mixed
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Red Swamp Crayfish Observation Location

One Reply to “Red Swamp Crayfish – Decimated”

  1. Yes! I saw a half dozen on the Joppa trail yesterday and couldn’t figure out what they were. Makes sense now!

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