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How To Tell If A Lobster Is Male Or Female


Photo by Meredith

Is That Lobster A Boy Or A Girl?

How do you tell the difference between a male and female lobster? And does it really matter? Truth is, the sex of the lobster actually makes no difference in flavor, but it’s still kind of fun to know. Two telling signs:

  • The shape of the tail: The male lobster has a very straight tail (it's the lobster on the left above); the female’s tail is wider and has a slight curve.
  • The first set of “baby” legs: On the male, the first set is covered in a hard shell; on the female, they’re thin and feathery.

Next time you have lobster, now you can surprise your friends with how much you know!

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