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How many legs does a lobster have?


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February 16, 2013 6:49PM

It has 8 "walking legs" and the 2 large claws for a total of 10 appendages. This gives rise to the term decapod (ten feet) used for these crustaceans, including crabs and lobsters.

The front two legs of a lobster are its claws. They are still "legs" but considered non-walking legs because they're used for offense (capturing and crushing prey) and for defense. So their are technically 5 pair of legs.