Nocturnal. Digs deep burrows in the soil, including in levee banks and dam walls. Survives over summer and long droughts in their burrows. Can survive in poor water quality. Prolific breeders when conditions are suitable. Females look after hatchlings for several weeks in a brood chamber under their tail. Life span of 5-7 years.
Smooth exoskeleton (outer shell).
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
The Common Yabbie is the most hardy Australian yabby able to tolerate muddy conditions, low oxygen levels and a wide range of temperatures.
Omnivore. Mainly eats vegetation, especially rotting leaves and plant detritus, worms and insects.
Semi-aquatic. Freshwater creeks, rivers, lakes, farm dams, swamps, floodplains and irrigation channels. They prefer silty shallow water that is slow flowing or still.
Native to Australia