Heather has taught high school and college science courses, and has a master's degree in geography-climatology.
What is a Lobster?
Do you like to eat seafood? Have you ever eaten a type of seafood that was red and looked like a big meat-filled tail? If you have, then there is a good chance you have seen (or even eaten) a lobster.
Lobsters are a type of animal that can live in any of the world's oceans. People don't usually keep lobsters as pets, but we still see them a lot because many people like to eat lobsters. They are a very popular seafood all over the world.
Where Do Lobsters Live?
Lobsters can live in any type of saltwater, so they can be found in all of the world's oceans. They can live in both warm and cold waters, so you can find them in many different places. They can't live in freshwater though, so if you put a lobster in freshwater, you will soon find you have a dead lobster.
Lobsters can't really swim. They live their lives on the ocean floor and move around using their legs. They use rock caves or holes in the sand as their houses.
The most noticeable feature of a lobster is its large pincher claws on the front of its body. They have very bad eyesight so it isn't easy for them to catch food. Their claws are extra big to help give them a better chance to catch food.
Lobsters are invertebrates, which means they have no backbone. Humans have backbones.
Lobsters have a special outer shell to keep their inside body parts from being crushed. This hard outer shell is called an exoskeleton. Spiders and cockroaches have exoskeletons too.
An exoskeleton does the same job that your cereal box does. It helps keep what is inside the exoskeleton (or box) from getting crushed. They shed their exoskeletons and grow new ones as they get bigger. It's like they get to make their own clothes!
Lobsters can live for a very long time. They normally can live up to fifty years, but a few have been caught that were over 100 years old!
What Do Lobsters Eat?
Lobsters are a type of omnivore, which means they eat both plants and animals. They are scavengers, which means they will eat whatever kind food they can find. They aren't picky eaters.
As humans, our teeth are in our mouths and we taste food with our tongue. Lobsters are very different in this respect. They taste their food with their legs and their teeth are in their stomach.
What Eats Lobsters?
Many animals, including humans, eat lobsters. Lobster is one of the most popular types of seafood throughout the world, but depending on where you live it can be an expensive food. If you live near a place where lobsters live, it's usually not too expensive to eat lobster. But if you live far from the ocean, it can be very expensive to eat lobster.
Lobsters are animals that live in all of the world's oceans. They are invertebrates, which means they have no backbone, but they do have an exoskeleton to help protect their inside body parts. They eat both plants and animals. Many people eat lobster for food.
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