Photo Credit: Karen Lebing
Caption: Seen in the marsh on Pea Island Refuge, this small (2") but menacing acting Fiddler Crab, held its place as a companion sunk into the muddy water out of sight. Male Fiddler Crabs have one extra-large claw along with a normal sized claw, while the females have two normal sized claws. Some Fiddler Crabs prefer a mud environment, others prefer marsh and there are those that prefer living in the sand.
Check out the summer season schedule of Guided Interpretive Programs
Some are free and some have a fee. There are van, tram, canoe, turtle and bird tours plus other activities for a wide range of ages. It's educational fun for the whole family!
Visit National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Open 7 days a week 9 am-4 pm Mon-Sat & Noon-4 pm Sun. Admission is free. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Alligator_River/
USE YOUR MANNERS and BASIC COMMON SENSE! For the safety of yourself and your family, as well as the wildlife you are viewing, ALWAYS VIEW FROM A SAFE DISTANCE! If you see a change in the behavior of the wildlife (they move away, etc), you are TOO CLOSE! And. remember: all traffic laws apply on Refuge roads. Seat belts, car seats for children, etc. - whatever is required by the State on a public highway is required on the Refuge! Learn more about tips for safety during bear encounters at http://bearwise.org/bear-safety-tips/bear-encounter