Wednesday, August 26, 2009


I was in my front yard one morning last week when a woman walking across the street stopped, looked down in the gutter, and exclaimed, “Wow! I’ve never seen anything like this before!”

There was something smallish and brown in the gutter, and at first I thought it might be a dead bat. But when I when over to look, I found a live crawdad! When I bent down to get a closer look, it raised its pinchers up and started waving them at me menacingly—very feisty little critter!

Well, I’m not one to turn my back on any of Nature’s critters, so I went to the garage and got a spare small litter box that I had stashed away. I got the crawdad to grab onto my car key, and then dropped him in the box. I poured distilled water in, about 4” deep; as I knew it was a freshwater species.

Then I went online and Googled up some information and found out that they make good pets. I decided from the first that I could not in good conscience turn him loose in a nearby lake or marsh because I don’t know exactly where he might have come from—and they can carry disease that might be detrimental to a habitat. So I’ve decided to give it a good home in a 10-gal. aquarium tank.

Apparently they are scavengers and will eat anything, which means it will be low-maintenance. They are not long-lived, so this won’t be a long commitment, either.

I’ve named it Mr. Pinchy. I thought it would be perfect given his fearsome set of claws!

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