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Lobster Facts

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A group of animals within the animal kingdom
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Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
25-70cm (9.8-27.5in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
1-7kg (2.2-15lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
19km/h (12mph)
How long the animal lives for
20-80 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Red, Brown, Blue, Orange
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Favourite Food:
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
Sea gardens and rocky beds
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from
Clams, Mussels, Starfish
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Human, Eels, Large fish
Special Features:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Thick armoured shell and strong claws

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The lobster is a large crustacean and like the crab is similar to shrimp and prawns. The lobster is one of the largest types of crustacean with some lobster species known to get to weigh over 20 kg.

Lobsters live on rocky, sandy, or muddy bottoms close to the shoreline to beyond the edge of the continental shelf as the lobster prefers the shallower ocean water. The lobster is generally found to live by itself, where the lobster hides in crevices and in burrows under rocks.

Lobsters have been known to get to 100 years old, sometimes older and the lobster continues to grow in size throughout the lobster's life. It is this that allows some adult lobsters to grow to enormous sizes.

Lobsters tend to move slowly by walking along the bottom of the sea floor. However, when the lobster is in danger and the lobster needs to get away, the lobster is able to swim backwards quickly by curling and uncurling its abdomen.

Lobsters come in a variety of colours including red, blue, green, purple, and yellow. Lobster has become one of the most luxurious types of seafood for humans throughout the world and the lobster population has therefore severely declined.

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First Published: 14th December 2008, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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