Triops Hatch in Lubbock Ponds

Published 06/12 2014 06:15PM

Updated 06/14 2014 11:28AM

By Christian Henson

LUBBOCK, TX -- Elijah Delavega and Phelan Davis were looking for tadpoles when they caught something else in their nets, triops.

Triops are a three eyed crustacean with many legs that contain their gills. They also have a long tail and a hard shell.

Triops hatch and eat constantly for three weeks before laying their eggs.

The triop eggs need 24 hours of constant water coverage to hatch so the eggs can stay in the ground for hundreds or thousands of years.

The triops do not sting or bite and are not dangerous to handle.

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