We have all the rain we have been having lately I have noticed that the land yabbies that live in our driveway have been frantically enlarging their holes. They live along the sides of the driveway where the tyres of the car don’t go and there are piles of bright orange clay heaped around the sides of the holes that are currently being used. The yabbies must be of a spectacular size, as the holes are wide enough to accommodate a broom handle. The only evidence of their existence is the mounds of new clay and the occasional pile of claw-filled remains found in the backyard after another critter has finished breakfast, and I often think of trying to catch one. We never get to see them up close and I would love to see exactly how big they really are. I’m not sure what you use to catch a land yabbie. I wonder if they have the same appetites as normal yabbies that live in a dam? I will never be trying the sort of bait these kids used though. Ick.
Let this article (The Advertiser 4th Oct 1906) be a lesson to you. If you ever go yabbying and find a conveniently discarded ribcage lying beside the still waters of a lagoon, don’t use it for bait, just walk away….