In Louisiana, a heaping bucket of red swamp crayfish spells P-A-R-T-Y.
In Michigan, they spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E.
Native to the Gulf Coast, these crustaceans are a staple in Southern cooking. But far from home, these “mini-lobsters” pose a significant threat to the environment in the Great Lakes State – including to native crayfish species.
The danger is so real that it’s illegal to possess live Louisiana crayfish in Michigan.