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Blue Land Crabs Are Here To Lay Their Eggs And Run Out In Front Of Your Car

Floridians love finding crabs on their plate, but in residents' homes and highways, crabs aren’t quite so welcome. 

Meet the blue land crab, this summer’s newest nuisance to look out for when opening up that sliding glass door. 

So, why have there been so many lately? It’s mating season. 

Zack Jud, director of education and exhibits at the Florida Oceanographic Society, said female crabs migrate to the ocean to lay their eggs and have to travel all the way from their burrows on the Indian River Lagoon to do so.

He said you can expect to see a spike in these traveling land crabs around full moons until the fall. 

The crabs are not immediately harmful to humans, but their little claws can do some damage. Keep your fingers and your puppy’s paws away, and watch out for them on the road: These little guys can cause a leaky tire if they’re run over.

If one of these little guys ends up in your living space, coax it out of its hiding place with a broom and relocate it outside by transporting it in a box. 

Even though these crabs aren’t known to carry any diseases, Jud recommends washing your hands after handling any wild animal.