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Monster Under the Ground

Posted by
Jason Politte (Conway, AR, United States) on 4 September 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Yes, we have our crayfish (aka crawdads and mudbugs) living in the water table. You'll occasionally find one early in the morning crawling back to its burrow after a night of hunting. Our dog Kaylee sniffed this one out and was lucky not to get a pinch on the nose.

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Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

He doesn't look too friendly

4 Sep 2012 6:45am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

quel captage et iamge sueprbe compo fantastique.

4 Sep 2012 7:34am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

J'adore son regard!!! Superbe image. Bonne journée.

4 Sep 2012 8:30am

jay from MUMBAI, India

Terrific Shot !!

4 Sep 2012 8:31am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Ahhh....!!! Superb capture and horrible face !

4 Sep 2012 10:20am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!

4 Sep 2012 10:25am

Kristina from Kyiv, Ukraine

Ack! I'm going to have nightmares about those eyes. Nice capture!

4 Sep 2012 10:41am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Scary - hunters from the Underworld!

4 Sep 2012 10:54am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

impressive close-up and scary face !
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4 Sep 2012 11:03am

@Evelyne Dubos: I wish you all the best, Evelyne. Take care of yourself.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I'm not familiar with crayfish, and by the look of them I don't wish to get too familiar. They look like a small lobster?
Do they normally inhabit freshwater or saltwater Jason?

4 Sep 2012 11:15am

@Curly: They are related to lobsters but live in freshwater, more specifically the underground water table. These things build mud chimneys and come out at night to hunt for insects and worms. In Louisiana, the Cajuns consider these a delicacy.

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Tasty :)

4 Sep 2012 11:26am

Karen Politte from Conway, United States

ahahaha - I LOVE these things! Coming from Scotland - it's just SO outlandish to walk out into the yard, and see a freakin' lobster sitting there staring at me! :-P Well......okay not a lobster, but you get my point!
I had one of these little guys attack my boot last week when I took Kaylee out for a walk - he was quite ferocious in his own tiny way. Great shot!

4 Sep 2012 12:10pm

tataray from france, France

Ah ah ... superbe aspect..... Jolie prise impressionnante et drôle.))

4 Sep 2012 12:47pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great find !

4 Sep 2012 12:48pm

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4 Sep 2012 1:03pm

franz from Baden, Austria

awesome "portrait" of this delicious crustacean ! are there enough for a hearty meal ?!? ;-)))

4 Sep 2012 2:32pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

The reflection within the eyes makes for a fantastic image, Jason ! I remember these guys from my youth, when they flourished in the rivers and creeks even in the city limits.

4 Sep 2012 2:40pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Scary. Happy Silly Tuesday! ;-)

4 Sep 2012 2:47pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! I have never seen one roaming around and I don't think I would want to! Great shot!

4 Sep 2012 2:54pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Sehr schöne Aufnahme. Jason, sehr gut gesehen.

4 Sep 2012 3:00pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Yep, Kaylee was lucky, those claws look like they mean business!

4 Sep 2012 5:12pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

When dog are too curious…

4 Sep 2012 5:17pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Well he's definitely not a looker, i like your dogs name :) glad these don't come much bigger else they would be nipping you also!

4 Sep 2012 5:27pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

What an ugly face and impressive claws .... he looks really scary !!! Great shot, well seen Jason ...

4 Sep 2012 5:50pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Good HEavens! What an incredible shot and an amazing look at these guys.Being a crayfish in the south does not bring much lobgevity with it either This is a reall interesting and beautiful image,!

4 Sep 2012 7:11pm

ruthiebear from Titusville,NJ, United States

Oh my goodness - that is a scary looking creature! You have captured very well in all of its ugly detail.

4 Sep 2012 7:16pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Ooh scary beady eyes.....and those claws are enough to get me running. Happy ST:)

4 Sep 2012 8:16pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

OUCH! That would not be a good encounter if you're not watching where you're walking. Great "head on" shot captured here! He stands out nicely against the verdant his disadvantage. :-)

4 Sep 2012 8:18pm

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Very impressive this crayfish, he did not seem very friendly. A good framing and nice view.
Good evening.

4 Sep 2012 9:32pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great detailed close-up of this bugger! I've never seen one before!

4 Sep 2012 11:52pm

Rafael from North Miami, United States

Good eye for this macro, good details

5 Sep 2012 12:41am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

It seems a terrible creature! Excellent framing and find, Jason.

5 Sep 2012 7:21am

C. Intempor'elle from Paris • Alma Andaluza •, France

Such an impressive shot, really terrific !!! Thanks for sharing

5 Sep 2012 7:14pm

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! impressionnante ta photo!!! j'adore+++++

8 Sep 2012 10:26am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An excellent portrait of this crawdad.

11 Sep 2012 4:12am