• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • Sobriety checkpoint Saturday, August 23, 2014

    Law Enforcement officers at Padre Island National Seashore will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint Saturday, August 23, 2014 on Park Road 22 near the park’s entrance. The purpose of the checkpoint is to detect and apprehend alcohol and drug impaired drivers.

  • Park Phone issues

    The visitor center main phone line and fax line are not working. To reach the park visitor center, call (361) 949-8069 or (361) 949-4793. Fax to (361) 949-7091, Attention: Visitor Center. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Bird Island Basin Campground rehabilitation starts August 18, 2014

    The second part of a project to repair facilities and rebuild eroded shoreline at Bird Island Basin Campground begins August 18. Minor disruptions of activities in the immediate area may occur. None of the work should affect use of the boat ramp.

Mudflat Fiddler Crab

Mudflat Fiddler Crab

Smithsonian Institute

Fiddler Crabs can be found from the Gulf of Mexico to South America. These crabs are found most often in soft sand or mudflats, near salt marshes. They will feed on algae, bacteria, fungus and detritus (dead and decaying plant and animal matter). The male has one large and one small claw, but the size of the female claws are equal. The male uses this enlarged claw in an unusual mating ritual during which he positions himself beside a small burrow that he has dug, and moves the claw back and forth (in a fiddling motion) to attract a female. If a female comes close by, the male will then tap the ground with his claw. If receptive, the female will then enter the burrow where they will mate. Their burrows also provide shelter from predators such as herons, egrets and raccoons.

Did You Know?

White-tailed buck (odocoileus virginianus)

The white-tailed deer on the island are not considered the island's largest native mammal because they are believed to come across the Laguna Madre from the mainland. Coyotes are considered the island's largest native mammal. More...