Learn more about the mudbugs locals seriously crave during crawfish season.
Crawfish season is upon us, which means local will start clawing their way to the best places to buy those mudbugs.
During crawfish season, there’s nothing like a good crawfish boil and a cold beer.
Our friends at Gulf Coast Weekend gathered some fun facts about crawfish to ponder the next time you’re pinching the tails and sucking the heads.
Check out the video to learn 15 facts about crawfish.
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Here’s the list of 15 fun facts about crawfish:
- Crawfish can be blue, white, green and yellow. But when cooked, they turn red.
- There are no crawfish in Antarctica.
- Crawfish have eight legs. Four are used for walking and four are used for swimming. They walk forward and swim backwards.
- The oldest known crawfish fossil burrow is more than 100 million years old.
- Crawfish in Australia can grow as big as 15.5 inches and weigh 8 pounds!
- Crawfish can live up to 30 years in the wild (except for in the crawfish-loving South, where they are boiled and eaten instantly).
- Crawfish are a close relative to the Maine lobster.
- Crawfish can drown without access to fresh air.
- Eurpoeans consider crawfish a delicacy.
- While people eat crawfish day and night, crawfish only eat at night.
- Crawfish are not actually fish. They are crustaceans.
- A quarter pound of crawfish contains 82 calories.
- Louisiana produces 90 percent of the crawfish consumed in the United States.
- Crawfish are also called crayfish, crawdads and mudbugs.
- Sweden is the largest importer of U.S. crawfish.