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A freshwater crustacean, the marbled crayfish resembles a small lobster and grows just two to three inches long.  Breathing through feater-like gills, it feeds on and hides among aquatic plants to protect itself from fish, birds, and other predators.  It also feeds on decaying plants and animals.  The crayfish retreats to a burrow to survive dry periods.

crayfish underwater

Did You Know?

Every single marbled crayfish is a female that clones itself to create genetically identical offspring. No male marbled crayfish has ever been found to exist.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Procambarus fallax

Florida and Georgia


2 years

Zoo Location:
World of the Insect

Plants and detritus