PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Fiddler crabs are waving! That means it’s mating season on the Gulf Coast.
Our cameras spotted quite a few fiddler crabs hanging out in Port Richey on Thursday.
It’s the Fiddler crab version of muscle beach. You see, the male crabs wave their enlarged claw to attract females. And females choose their mate based on claw size and quality of the waving display.
Females only have two small claws.
The crabs must act fast because their life expectancy is only two years in the wild.
Fiddler crabs are among the most common of Tampa Bay’s shoreline inhabitants.
They live both in the water and on land.
The Fiddler crabs create burrows up to 2 feet deep for mating, sleeping, refuge, and “hibernating” during winter. They are very active during the day and return to their burrows at night and during high tide, plugging the entrance with mud or sand.