Grass Shrimp

Grass Shrimp

Palaemonetes pugio



In the Wild

  • Habitat: These shrimp typically live in the shallow waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Diet:  Forages for worms, algae, and tiny crustaceans.
  • Predators:  Small fish such as sunfish and kill fish.
  • Size:  1.5 inches
  • Breeding:  Grass Shrimp usually spawn in summer when temperatures are warm. Most females molt before mating, and their eggs hatch into free swimming larvae after 12-20 days.
  • Life Span:  Approximately 1 year.


In the Aquatics Lab

  • Diet:  Squid Tentacles
  • Size: 1in.
  • Quantity:  1 Grass Shrimp



Other information

  • Virginia Regulations:  None
  • Commercial Uses: None


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