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Tortuga Tex on Freshwater Prawns - Text Version

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Howdy ya'll! Do you know what freshwater prawn are? They are a kind of curstacean, like crawfish, lobsters and crabs.

Prawn once occurred in much of Texas . These days, they're mostly restricted to the coastal portions of rivers.

Prawn are omnivorous meaning they will eat just about anything they can get their claws on. Four species occur in texas, the largest grows to be 2 feet long and up to 2 pounds!

Prawn hide in holes, among tree roots, and rocks. They lay eggs that hatch into larvae and then float downstream to estuaries.

Larvae become juveniles in the estuary, and then begin a migration back into rivers that can take up to two years!

Dams prevent young prawn from returning into most rivers. This is one reason why they have been eliminated from many texas rivers. Till next time, take care of Texas. Hasta la vista, amigos!


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