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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, a lobster's gender makes no difference in flavor, but it’s still kind of fun to know. Here are two tell-tale signs to look for:

  • 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.

Now the next time you eat lobster, you can crush at lobster trivia.

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About Vanessa Greaves

Good food, friends, and fun are always on the menu. Find me as foodelicious on Allrecipes and vanny.gee on Instagram (but only if you don't mind cat pics and cocktails).