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What a Male Blue Claw Crab Looks Like

Updated on January 22, 2012


I've been asked what a male blue claw crab looks like. It is a good question. At some point you really should know a male crab from a female crab. In some jurisdictions you may be required to know this in order to follow crabbing regulations.

Even if you aren't required by law to know what a male blue claw crab looks like, it is just good to know simply for the sake of knowing.

Be Legal

As with all crabbing and fishing, be sure you are complying with all state laws. Most recreational crab traps in most areas do not require a license or permit, but in some areas they do! Check with local law enforcement first or check with a local crabbing or fishing supply store for a handbook or pamphlet of state and local laws.

Catch a Crab and Flip it!

The most important step to identifying a male blue claw crab it catching one! So get out there and catch some crabs!

Once you've caught your crab, grab a pair of barbecue tongs and flip it over. Unless you are a pro, don't try to use hands to pick up the crab. A blue claw crab's claws will never let you forget the experience if it gets you. Seriously, it'll put a hurting on you!

After You Flip the Crab

Once you have flipped the blue claw crab over, look at its underside.

If you see the profile of a thin missile, you have a male blue claw crab.

Check out the photograph to the right. This is a male blue claw crab.

Now, you are at least a half-expert at identifying male blue claw crabs. To become a whole-expert, please check out my other article on blue claw female crabs.

An Easy Way To Remember This

A terrific member of HubPages commented on a really easy way to remember how to identify male blue claw crabs.

Have you ever visited the Washington Monument? Have you seen photos of this great American symbol? Check out the picture of the male crab above. This very much looks like that monument. It has that missile shape to it. The male crab underside looks like the Washington Monument.

Thanks for reading. I also have some other related links below. Please check them out if you get a chance.


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      TurtleDog 7 years ago

      Very good way of remembering the difference between the males and the females. Thanks for adding that habee!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Male apron = Washington monument.

      Mature female apron = Capitol.

      I love crabbing!