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15 Facts You Didn’t Know About Crawfish

Do you know how big they can get??

It’s crawfish season, and all along the gulf coast we love a good crawfish boil and a cold beer. There’s nothing like it. So, here’s some fun facts about crawfish to ponder the next time you’re pinching the tails and sucking the heads.

Here’s the list of 15 fun facts about crawfish:

  1. Crawfish can be blue, white, green and yellow. But when cooked, they turn red.
  2. There are no crawfish in Antarctica.
  3. Crawfish have eight legs. Four are used for walking and four are used for swimming. They walk forward and swim backwards.
  4. The oldest known crawfish fossil burrow is more than 100 million years old.
  5. In Australia, they can grow as big as 15.5 inches and weigh 8 pounds!
  6. Crawfish can live up to 30 years in the wild (except for in the crawfish-loving South, where they are boiled and eaten instantly).
  7. Crawfish are a close relative to the Maine lobster.
  8. Without access to fresh air, Crawfish can drown.
  9. Europeans consider crawfish a delicacy.
  10. While people eat crawfish day and night, crawfish only eat at night.
  11. Crawfish are not actually fish. They are crustaceans.
  12. A quarter pound of crawfish contains 82 calories.
  13. Louisiana produces 90 percent of the crawfish consumed in the United States.
  14. Crawfish also go by the names: crayfish, crawdads and mudbugs.
  15. Sweden in the largest importer of U.S. crawfish.

Go behind the scenes of a south Louisiana crawfish farm here.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the return of Mudbug Madness in 2021.

Poll: Which of the two types of Crawfish eaters are you?