Wednesday, May 27, 2009
So after seeing the "chimney" in the lawn I left Red Lick for home to gather info.
For the sake of simplicity as I express what info I found, I will be using crawdad to mean both crawdad and crayfish.
I believe that the kind of crawdad hole I saw in the Red Lick lawn would be classified as a grassland crawdad. In North America there are over 250 different species of crawdads that are important to our environment. Actually, as always with mother nature, everything has a design.
-- Crawdads live where the water is not polluted.
-- If you have crawdads in your immediate area you have clean water.
-- Crawdads are omnivorous scavengers.
-- They provide food for predators such as raccoons, turtles, frogs, snakes and fish. .
-- Crawdads have gills to breathe with.
--Grassland crawdads burrow down to the water table so they can breathe with their gills.
--Crawdads have symbiotic relationships with many animals, like snakes -- providing their burrows to them for safety or hibernation during the winter.
As with all of nature one link leads to another and all is important to the health of the natural community.
Information on crawdads was found at: