Blue Crabs get their name from the blue coloring on their legs and claws - their bodies are generally grey or brown. They molt, which means they shed their old shell as they grow and a new shell forms. Blue crabs can live in both fresh and salt water.
|Origin:||Nova Scotia, through the Gulf of Mexico, and as far south as Uruguay.|
|Size:||4 in (10.2 cm) long; 9 in (23 cm) wide|
|Weight:||1 to 2 lbs|
|Diet:||anything they can get hold of, including mussels, snails, fish, plants, and even carrion and smaller blue crabs.|
Female blue crabs mate only once in their lives.
Blue crabs play a n important role in managing the populations of the animals they prey on.
Crabs grow by shedding their shells, a process called molting.
With three pairs of walking legs Blue Crabs they generally walk sideways.