Yep, we already have a lot of pets (5 rabbits, 1 cat, 1 dog, 2 kittens) but we just added more! We now have 5 crayfish, and um… a LOT of underwater snails! The crayfish (also called crawdads, crawfish, or mudbugs) are fascinating to watch. We have the four biggest ones in a large tank, and the smallest one (which is mine by the way!) is in a fishbowl so he/she won’t get eaten.
I named mine Mudbug, and the other four are Duncan, Mike, Bart, and Jamie. Sometimes the big ones fight each other, and they make their own little nooks and crannies to hide in in the tank. But I think the most fun thing to watch is when they eat. Believe it or not, they love frozen peas! When we give them to the crayfish, they grab the peas and start tearing off little bites. I took a video of one of the crayfish eating, and one of a cute little underwater snail trying to lick the glass of the tank – two more videos for my YouTube channel!
And here are some pictures. (The last crayfish picture shows the swimmerets – the little feathery things under its tail. The swimmerets help the crayfish swim, they fan water over its gills, and for the females, they hold the eggs!)
And here is a snail.
P.S We also have 5 black swallowtail caterpillars! (But no pictures.)