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Horseshoe Crab

Common Name: Horseshoe Crab
Scientific Name: Limulus polyphemus
Range: Maine ~ Gulf of Mexico
Habitat: sandy or muddy bottoms, up to 80'
Diet: clams, worms, invertibrates
Horseshoe Crabs are unique looking animals, in fact they can not be confused with any other animals because NOTHING looks like them. Horse Shoe Crabs can reach 2' in length (including the tail), their bodies can reach a diameter of 13". They are a critical part of the environment, each female lays about 250 eggs in the sand or mud. Shore birds depend heavily on the babies for food. This particular crab is about 3" in diameter.

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