What’s a Yabby?

Found in our Australia: Wild Extremes exhibit, Australian red claw yabbies are a freshwater crayfish!

Published April 28, 2017

Yabbies are a type of freshwater crayfish native to Australia. These crustaceans tend to be found in slow-moving streams, ponds and lagoons. yabby-on-exhibit

The coloration of yabbies varies based on their environment. Yabbies range in color from a dull olive color to a bright blue. Male red claw yabbies are the namesake of this species, as since only males develop the red coloration on their claws! 

The yabbies found in our Australia: Wild Extremes exhibit are bright blue, so you would think they’d be easy to spot. However, as since yabbies are a nocturnal species, many daytime visitors miss them! They can be spotted peeking out from under rocks, and your best chance to spot one, according to our aquarists, is in the python gallery. 

Next time you pay a visit to our Australia exhibit, be on the lookout for the yabbies!

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