Similar to other Crab species - Snow Crab have four pairs of legs, a set of claws and they periodically “molt” their shell to grow. Molting is a process whereby the Crab produces a new shell underneath their old one. Snow Crab can be easily distinguished from other species by their perfectly round shell. Most Snow Crab weigh between 0.5 – 3 pounds.
Snow Crab are a crustacean species found in coldwater along sandy bottoms - ranging from depths of 3 – 1,500 feet. Snow Crab have a wide distribution and exist in both the western Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Snow Crab is the most important species of Crab harvested in Atlantic Canada.