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Re: NFC: RE: crayfish tank

In a message dated 4/1/00 4:57:51 PM US Central Standard Time, 
deano at leading_net writes:

<<  The lay their eggs when the season is dry and the water levels lower, then
 they burrow into the bank / bottom, and lay eggs.  The eggs hatch in the
 hole (with water in it) and the babies come out when the water rises...
 (standard formula for raising them is draining pond to low levels for
 production.)  >>

It was a few decades ago, but I caught crayfish with masses of eggs under 
their tail. Is what you describe different or did I just catch them prior to 
them entering their hole?

Does the water have to rise to the level of the hole entrance? If so, do they 
have different holes for breeding?  Or is this dependent on the species of 

The reason I ask this is that my parents live on high ground above a small 
stream.  The high ground has large numbers of crayfish hole entrances.  The 
ground is too high to flood though the soil is poor enough a heavy rain may 
build up in the clay and raise the water level temporarily.