Sheep Crab

white sheep crab on ocean floor in front of strand of kelp
Sheep Crab. NOAA.

Quick Facts
Type: Crustacean

Diet: Carnivore: Bottom-dwelling organisms

Average lifespan: Unknown

Average size: 5–7 in.

Average weight: 7–14 lb.

Did You Know?
Unlike many other species of crabs, sheep crabs don't molt (shed their shell) throughout their entire lives. They experience a "terminal molt," after which they cannot grow any larger.

Last updated: November 9, 2018