• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • 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. 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.

Portly Spider Crab

Portly Spider Crab


Found in estuarian habitats from Nova Scotia to the Gulf of Mexico, Portly Spider crabs especially enjoy mudflats and mud-sand shallows. Tiny hairs, which cover their brownish shells, attract algae, sponge, seaweed, barnacles and debris, and sometimes they use their white-tipped claws to attach various items to their shells for hiding. This crab is slow moving and relies mainly on camouflaging ornaments as their best defense against predators. Unlike the Blue crab, it is not considered edible by people, but is eaten by a number of fish and bird species. They spend their time feeding on, and thereby cleaning up, debris and carrion left behind by other animals.

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NPS arrowhead

Metal detecting is prohibited at Padre Island National Seashore as well as at all other units of the National Park Service. More...