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Old 04-25-2016, 05:49 AM   #1
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Meet my pet crayfish

So I have had a pet Rusty crayfish for about 9 months or so. She is an invasive species, however I got permission from the Department of Natural Resources conservation officer for my region to keep her as a pet. She's my little aquatic hamster because I can legitimately play with her. In the video I call her a him because at that time I hadn't really checked to see what her sex was. But she's a wonderful little buddy and I thought it might be fun to show you guys.

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Old 04-29-2016, 08:08 AM   #2
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Looks like some here but I don't think the same colour on the tail. Is the tail a rusty colour?
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The tale is pretty much green. You can tell it's a rusty crayfish if it has two red Rusty circular marks right before the beginning of the tail

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Ah, thanks for the information. Definitely different to ours then (sounds much more colour).

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_yabby
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Yep. The rusty crayfish is an extremely invasive type. It out competes just about every other crayfish out there for resources in food. Surprisingly, it wasn't the Anglers who caused the spread of this crayfish. It was actually the public elementary school system. Distributors would send crayfish the elementary schools when the teacher started to teach about biology. Even though it's against regulations, they did it anyway. And at the end of the year the kids didn't want to kill their little buddy, so the teachers would release them into the wild to be merciful. Sadly, this meant the destruction of so many Native species of crayfish and other types of Wildlife. Sometimes the right thing to do can seem harsh , but if you look at the big picture you'll find a different conclusion.

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That is a shame. The best of intentions, etcetera, etcetera.
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Yeah. It is truly unfortunate

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