Saturday 4 February 2012: fresh water crayfish
Keeping with the fishy theme, there are a number of these lovelies now loitering in a blue half clam shell, the top half of a sandpit, in the shed. In the shed, because out in the open the temperature would so heat the water there would be crayfish broth by mid morning.
The hound will have his nose pierced if he sticks said snout much closer to the snapping mob..they have pincers like secateurs. Junior lad is on count patrol as regardless of the slippery and steep sides of where they live they are like glacier climbers and can escape from anywhere.
These are marron...not chestnuts...a fresh water crustacean living in muddy dams and streams. They burrow into mud and sand walls and are reluctant to make appearances.
They do make for delicious eating...hence the reluctance to appear perhaps.