Image: Sand Crab Illustration

Sand Crab Illustration

Sand Crabs are about 10 cm wide. They are light grey in colour. They have two red oval patches at the rear of their shell.

Creator:
Andrew Howells
Rights:
© Australian Museum

Notes

Sand Crabs are about 10 cm wide. They are light grey in colour. They have two red oval patches at the rear of their shell.

Sand Crabs live on ocean beaches of southern Australia.

Sand Crabs eat small fish, worms and dead animals. Sand Crabs will pick up or catch food in their front claws. They use their claws to bring food to their mouth.

Birds, fish, octopuses, stingrays, water rats and humans all eat Sand Crabs.

The fifth pair of legs of Sand Crabs is flattened to form swimming paddles. Sand Crabs are well known for their habit of nipping bathers' feet.

 

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