Populations of red crabs invade the road between Cienfuegos and Trinidad

Populations of red crabs invade the road between Cienfuegos and Trinidad

HAVANA, May 14  An invasion of red crabs has alerted vehicle drivers in the province of Sancti Spíritus after the intense rains in that Cuban territory.The provincial radio station indicated this on its social networks, stating that “the rains of recent days have placed large populations of red crabs on the pavement: the alert is for vehicle drivers who mainly in the morning hours or in the afternoon they circulate on the highway that connects the city of Trinidad with the province of Cienfuegos.”

The text also points out that “the spectacle attracts, as well as worries”, since these crustaceans “cross unprepared” from one side of the road to the other.

“Hundreds of these little animals die crushed by tires, which sometimes end up flattened also due to their strong pincers,” they warn.

The publication includes some advice from drivers who usually travel that route: “I advise drivers to pass slowly because when they see the rubber of the car approaching they move away, also the tips of the wheels are hard and that “It digs into your tires and you strike out.”

Another driver insists that “the sections of Yaguanabo, Río Hondo, Cabaiguán, are where they are seen the most, we drivers have to be cautious because sometimes we speed and that can cause an accident if the tires go flat.” .

The migration of red crabs in Cuba is a centenary event, however, it still draws the attention of specialists, who are fascinated by the endless swarm moving from one place to another, when they move from the forest to the coast for mating. females and males.”

Other advice for those who have no alternative but to travel on the Trinidad-Cienfuegos highway is to avoid doing so in the morning or afternoon and drive at low speed.

This species is known as land crab or zombie crab and is not exclusive to Cuba. According to the report, it is present in other parts of the Caribbean and is an indispensable part of the landscape in several places on the island, mainly in the Zapata Swamp.

Populations of red crabs invade the road between Cienfuegos and Trinidad

Its consumption is not recommended for humans, since it would bring adverse consequences because the red color of this crab is due to the accumulation in its shell of Tungsten. This heavy metal could stay in the body forever.

For their part, specialists from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba (CITMA) defend their conservation from an ecological point of view, since they serve as food for other terrestrial and marine species.

Red crabs typically live in swamps, swamps, mangroves, and other soft, muddy terrain.

There they create their caves of about 10 or more centimeters in diameter and almost two meters deep.