Saurabh Sawant's Eyeview of the Animal Kingdom
Clawing Their Way Up
Freshwater or land crabs seem to appear abundantly during the monsoons in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. They roam throughout forest trails, streams to laterite plateaus. Their breeding depends on availability of food and water. Also they can be good indicators of freshwater ecosystem, health and factors such as temperature, salinity as it affects their breeding cycles. During monsoon showers there’s a flurry of these crabs around their shelter holes on the mud banks of forest paths and streams. Here a crab poses against a backdrop of cactii on a laterite plateau, a unique but neglected ecosystem that is degrading rapidly and needs immediate conservation attention. Image taken with Canon EOS 400D & Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 without flash in daylight conditions.