Crawbers are decapods (such as crabs, lobsters, and crayfish). They are very short, rarely standing at more than half the height of most species. This shortness generally comes from the head and torso being the same, so they appear somewhat compact, with dimensions fairly equal height, length, and width. Their exoskeleton is a hard, red outer shell covered in an assortment of small, blunt spikes, notably on the sides and a line down the back..
Crawbers have black, beady eyes, and a mouth that stretches halfway across the torso, pointy with short, curved spikes on the top and bottom. The claws average together about half the size of the crawber. The six legs are thin and curved, pointed at the end like smooth sticks.
Crawbers lay eggs in the water, and hatchlings must remain in the water for the first year until the shell grows or they will dry out. For crawbers who live inland, a large tank of water is usually used for this purpose. Once the shell grows they can survive both in and out of water, though they’re equally clumsy in both areas. Crawbers have an average lifespan of 50 years, and near the end of life the shell can crack and even fall off.
History and Culture
Crawbers are generally seen by other species as simple and buffoonish. It’s said that crawbers came from the sea onto land and immediately stopped evolving. However, in modern years this has come to be seen as an insensitive stereotype. The crawbers never seemed to pay it much heed, however; rather than being simple and buffoonish, many seem simply carefree and kind, a contrast with the sharp hardness of their shells.
Crawbers originate from northern Interp, but many live in Hackney as well. Hardly any live outside these islands, to the point where they go practically uncounted in population surveys.