The Koura is New Zealand's freshwater crayfish. They are found in rivers and lakes. The back of it’s body is long, with a fan-shaped tail at the end. If it gets a fright, it will quickly move it’s tail and swim backwards.
Koura have ten legs. They don’t need them all for walking though. The two legs at the front have nippers on them to pick up their food or stuff it in their mouth, also if you grab a Koura the wrong way it could nip you. The Koura use their nippers to fight other Koura or for scaring off other animals that like to eat Koura.
The Koura eats all sorts of things like fallen leaves, worms other small animals and anything dead it happens to find. Koura makes a great snack for birds, fish and people. Koura are delicious and healthy to eat. Maori have always known that, so they’ve always tried to look after the Koura that live in their rivers and lakes.
Grab a Koura the right way and you will get a fantastic snack and not a nip. They make great snacks for birds, fish and people and live in rivers and lakes if you want to find one.