A crabby tale

The art of hunting crabs involves only two things- guts and more guts. The department I lacked in especially in this case. My guts was limited to flipping rocks and catching defenseless crab babies and letting them go. Repeating the process in a corner while the professionals handled the food classified, big crabs with sharp sphincters.

Let me introduce you to the art of hunting crabs. The crab hunting can be done all throughout the year but sometimes depends on the species. But the probability of catching one is more in the rainy season since these sassy crustaceans crawl out of the rivers and lives in the water channels and paddy fields. The crabs lay the eggs during December or January i.e., during the harvest season. The crabs store the eggs on the underside towards the back of their shells with fat pigments. These appear as red or scarlet coloured beads. The freshwater crabs unlike the salt water crabs do not undergo larval stages. The freshwater crabs hatch as young crabs and undergo larval stages when they are still in the eggs. The eggs hatch in April or May i.e., after 2 months of incubation. The mother crabs during this time are seen having hundreds of baby crabs under their belly.