It's that time of the year: Land crab...

It's that time of the year: Land crabs on the move again

There are 47 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Jul 3, 2007, titled It's that time of the year: Land crabs on the move again. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Just north of Pepper Park, you start to notice the brown splotches on the sun-whitened asphalt of State Road A1A.

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Mark_2100

United States

#1 Jul 3, 2007
Has been happening for 100's of years, no news here, look before jumping in your pool.
Pirate

Pompano Beach, FL

#2 Jul 3, 2007
Are these the same crabs that we find digging their homes into the banks of canals in Plantation (and elsewhere)? Can anyone give me a suggestion on how to discourage them from digging their nests in my yard? Last Saturday, one strolled through my back door, but disn't stay long enough to get to "introduced" - they can be fast little buggers!

I've been here long enough to remember when large numbers of them used to scamper across the roads in Dania. It's a shame their numbers have dwindled so much that they are seldom seen around here any more.
moe

New Orleans, LA

#3 Jul 3, 2007
Their claws are hell for tires. Watch it.
slimsade

Delray Beach, FL

#4 Jul 3, 2007
I've been told they are good eating only after you purge their system.An old florida sea dog cracker says they round up hundreds, put them in cages, and feed them chicken feed (grains) for a few weeks and this cleans them out. Bon Apetite...

Since: Jan 07

Delray Beach, FL

#5 Jul 3, 2007
moe wrote:
Their claws are hell for tires. Watch it.
I think that's a myth. This morning I had to run over at least a dozen near the jensen beach causeway,(not on purpose)I just don't see this happening.

Hef

“the best”

Since: Dec 06

fraser island

#6 Jul 3, 2007
Mark_2100 wrote:
Has been happening for 100's of years, no news here, look before jumping in your pool.
yeah.also empty the pool before you paint it with water proof paint..to bad stone crabs don't migrate like this.then they would be 3 cents a pound.then it would be c-ya joes.your fish sux.!
Todd

United States

#7 Jul 3, 2007
Why do these things always do suicide dives into the pool? They can't ever get out.
dan mackey

West Palm Beach, FL

#8 Jul 3, 2007
The numbers have fallen sharply, to say the least! South Florida used to be "crawling" with these cool crabs less than 25 years ago. People actually poisoned them (and still do) in the yards because they dig small burrows in their precious manicured lawns. If you live near the beach, plant seagrapes and leave the leaf litter instead. Get rid of the grass and make gardens. They are fascinating to watch and comical too.

Hef

“the best”

Since: Dec 06

fraser island

#9 Jul 3, 2007
Pirate wrote:
Are these the same crabs that we find digging their homes into the banks of canals in Plantation (and elsewhere)? Can anyone give me a suggestion on how to discourage them from digging their nests in my yard? Last Saturday, one strolled through my back door, but disn't stay long enough to get to "introduced" - they can be fast little buggers!
I've been here long enough to remember when large numbers of them used to scamper across the roads in Dania. It's a shame their numbers have dwindled so much that they are seldom seen around here any more.
the only way to get rid of them is to fill your yard with concrete.

Hef

“the best”

Since: Dec 06

fraser island

#10 Jul 3, 2007
slimsade wrote:
I've been told they are good eating only after you purge their system.An old florida sea dog cracker says they round up hundreds, put them in cages, and feed them chicken feed (grains) for a few weeks and this cleans them out. Bon Apetite...
i remember them living in the sewers around my hood.think of that if you get the urge to eat them.
lissie

Delray Beach, FL

#11 Jul 3, 2007
oh yuck. you cant eat them. i live near the beach. theyare everywhere. they make alot of noise at night too.
THE DOC

United States

#12 Jul 3, 2007
also keep the kids away from the crabs , they spread head lice,

“Dream Big and Go Boldly”

Since: May 07

Miami Beach, Florida

#13 Jul 3, 2007
I live in Miami Beach and have never seen one the four years I have lived here. I know they are more plentiful in parts of South Dade than in my area. These must be scavengers if they were living in the sewers. Ugh, I don't like the taste of crab so I won't eat one of them.
Bob

Indiantown, FL

#14 Jul 3, 2007
Cook them with turtle eggs, water chickens and iguanas.
bLubBlub

Boynton Beach, FL

#15 Jul 3, 2007
What People think these are a delicacy, homeless sewer dwellers?
ModernGeezer

Tucson, AZ

#16 Jul 3, 2007
Many years ago when I was growing up in South Florida, we would toss Cherry Bombs and M-80's down the land crab holes. That pretty much solved the infestation problem. These days, that's probably illegal on several levels...
Melancholy Voter

Miami, FL

#17 Jul 3, 2007
Pirate wrote:
Are these the same crabs that we find digging their homes into the banks of canals in Plantation (and elsewhere)? Can anyone give me a suggestion on how to discourage them from digging their nests in my yard? Last Saturday, one strolled through my back door, but disn't stay long enough to get to "introduced" - they can be fast little buggers!
I've been here long enough to remember when large numbers of them used to scamper across the roads in Dania. It's a shame their numbers have dwindled so much that they are seldom seen around here any more.
So... you think it's a "shame" they are dwindling... But yet you seek out advice for making your yard uninhabitable for them. Put 2 and 2 together.

“is that the best you got?”

Since: Dec 06

FTL. native

#18 Jul 3, 2007
looks like the hookers are on the move, it did say land crabs, right?
Steve Austin

Hollywood, FL

#19 Jul 3, 2007
Mark_2100 wrote:
Has been happening for 100's of years, no news here, look before jumping in your pool.
an astute observation , dumb****

Since: Jun 07

Miami, FL

#20 Jul 3, 2007
Boring news, people live with crabs on them everyday, so why is this so fascinating now land crabs are migrating, what happen to the story of the daily body crab migration?

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