Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Something left field...

The common yabby (Cherax destructor) is a freshwater crustacean that is common in waterways, reservoirs and farm dams. Originally they would have been a warm season source of food for Aboriginal People and many people eat them cooked like a prawn however I prefer them deep fried battered with dipping sauces, my children are horrified.

I spent many an hour 'yabbying' as a teenager and a few years ago I took my teenagers out and caught a small yabby which my kids decided to keep as a pet in a 4 foot heated aquarium. The kids named her Abby the Yabby and two years later she is now about 20 cm long but I have read they can grow up to 30 cm.

This is some video I took today for a friend on YouTube while Abby was having a feed...



  1. Hi Dave,
    I'm surprised that Abby does not feast upon the Tetras in that tank..

  2. G'day John, They were the original residents. There were a few larger fish that met a grisly end but the Tetras are too fast. Strangely she doesn't seem very interested in them. I wonder if its the colour?

  3. Good one. Reminds me, must do some yabbying!

  4. Yes and a handy survival skill Keith. I'm going out to get a mate for Abby when the weather warms up. Wouldn't mind cleaning the tank up and taking some video when she spawns her eggs and when they hatch if I can. Should be interesting I reckon.


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