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Crayfish look like little lobsters. They have strong tails and most have five pairs of legs. The back four pairs of legs are used for swimming. Their front legs are pincers, which are like little claws.

A crayfish can grow a new leg if one gets cut off. This process is called regeneration. This crayfish has two pincers of different sizes. One is smaller than the other. The smaller pincer on the bottom is regrowing.

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Making Connections


Have you ever seen a crayfish? If not, have you seen another animal in the wild?


Have you read another book about a different animal? How is that animal similar to a crayfish? How is it different?


Scientists put crayfish and similar animals into a group called crustaceans. What other animals are similar to each other but not the same?

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