At this time of the year, farm fields and roadside ditches across West Tennessee are dotted with small mud chimneys which are laboriously created by crayfish.
As they burrow out their tunnels, they dig up mud, make it into balls, take the balls to the surface and set them in place — layer by layer. It is interesting to observe the different architectural structures they create.
“Create your own visual style … let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” ~Orson Welles
7 thoughts on “Crawfish chimneys”
Wow! We have crawfish here, but I’ve never sen them do anything like that! Fascinating!
They are very common around here, but I do think it is very intriguing. It must take a lot of time and work for one crawfish to build a chimney.
Have you tried any,are they tasty? I bet my bear friends would love them!
Several years ago, my daughter kept some in our house for a school project for a short time. I never have liked the smell of them ever since. Your bears can have them. 🙂
Animals build such interesting shelters … These are fascinating … I wonder if the males or females are the builders. Jane
Some sources I have read say the female burrows when it is time to release her eggs. I understand that there is only one crawfish per burrow. They dig out the mud to get to the water beneath the water table and only come out on rainy or humid nights to find food or look for mates. I was very surprised to find this one out in the open in the day light.
They’ve left the water by building their own wet habitat. Cool! Jane