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Baby Blue Crawdads!

I have never gotten in trouble turning over rocks (yet).

But it’s smart to be slow and careful. That’s even more important as the weather warms up, because the creatures that make their homes and resting places under rocks might not be as sleepy and slow as they are in the cold.

Today was one of those days that makes me go on turning over rocks, knowing that some of the best and sweetest surprises are under there, waiting to be witnessed and appreciated.

Today it was baby blue crawdads, a whole mess of ’em! You can just barely see the blue mama in the mud below, with some of her young around her. (This is why they call them “mudbugs”.)

Baby crawdads with Mama Blue
Baby crawdads with Mama Blue

Here’s the same photo with arrows to show you where they are, if you can’t find them.

Baby crawdads with Mama Blue with arrows
Baby crawdads with Mama Blue with arrows

She probably has a lot more than the four babies, but these just happened to be closest to the rock I turned over. These are all just a few inches away from a seep that runs right beside our house.

The top photo on this post shows one of the adult blue crawdads from another sighting. (Btw, if you hold them in your bare hand, you will most likely be pinched, and they can pinch hard! Ask me how I know.)

Baby crawdad in my hand
Baby crawdad in my hand

As the mud began to collapse, this mom crept backwards into her hole, but the little crawdads ambled around for a minute, so I was able to click off two more photos before they all disappeared.

4 baby crawdads
4 baby crawdads
4 baby crawdads again
4 baby crawdads again

It was a pleasure to see them, and I’ll be keeping track as they grow and change color and make their homes in our seeps and creeks.

Scroll down to the bottom of this post and you’ll see more posts about the blue crawdads that live on our mountain!

2 comments on “Baby Blue Crawdads!

  1. Blue crawdads…I guess I have never heard of them. So pretty, and surprising.

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe

      They are so lovely, and we are delighted to see them every year. Mostly we see them when it’s overcast and raining, but also other times…!

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