Fun Shrimp Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Oct 20, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
Shrimp facts tell us about these small animals who are caught for human consumption.

Shrimp are a kind of crustacean found in freshwater, ocean, sea, rivers, and lakes. The shrimp in tropical and subtropical habitats usually have vibrant colors like red and pink.

Others like Ghost shrimp, Anemone shrimp sometimes have a transparent body. In dry and muddy water bodies, brown or green-colored species of shrimp can be found.

Shrimp can be found in a variety of environments all around the world. Water and a good food supply are needed in each habitat, but shrimp must be wary of lurking predators such as sharks, whales, crabs.

Several shrimp are types of delicious seafood that are caught for human consumption all over the world. Before eating shrimp, the head and digestive system are usually removed.

Shrimp are omnivores. Plant parts, small mammals, fish, and plankton, are all consumed by shrimp. The pistol shrimp is a type that kills or squishes its prey by making a sharp noise with its claw.

Another aggressive type is Mantis shrimp who feed on crabs, worms, and other species of shrimp. They are a vicious hunter, spearing or cutting prey with their long nails. Read on to learn more and check out 76 shrimp facts and hermit crab facts after reading this.

Shrimp Interesting Facts

What type of animal is shrimp?

Shrimp is a type of crustaceans.

What class of animal do shrimp belong to?

Shrimp belongs to the class Malacostraca of the Animalia kingdom.

How many shrimp are there in the world?

There are 2000 shrimp species all over the world but only a few are commercialized.

Where do shrimp live?

Shrimp can be found in a variety of environments all around the world in major parts of Africa, America, Asia, Europe except Antarctica.

What is shrimp's habitat?

The shrimp habitat is various water bodies like rivers, sea, and lakes. They dwell in the riverbeds and on the ocean floor. The mantis shrimp burrows into the mud, sand, and coral creases. Some species can adjust to any kind of habitat. While one-quarter of shrimp species live in freshwaters, the majority are marine.

Who do shrimp live with?

Shrimp are usually solitary, but during the season of spawning, they may form large schools. In a freshwater tank, a shrimp needs to be kept with at least 10 other shrimps to make it feel more comfortable.

How long do shrimp live?

Shrimp usually live from one to six years.

How do they reproduce?

Shrimp bear eggs until they hatch in early spring, and reproduction occurs in the late fall. When a male and a female mate, a spermatophore is transferred to a specialized receptacle on the female's abdomen.

Female shrimp bear their young in the structure of eggs. The number of eggs produced depends on the species of the shrimp. These eggs develop into larvae, which are then carried down the river to the estuaries and sea.

What is their conservation status?

Although a few species are extinct and a few are threatened, the majority of shrimp are commonly found and are a huge part of the global fishery industry because they are considered to be very popular seafood.

Shrimp Fun Facts

What do shrimp look like?

A shrimp's color is determined by its natural environment. Some subspecies can change their color to blend in with their surroundings.

Shrimp in tropical and subtropical environments have vibrant colors. Others have a transparent body, making it impossible for predators to detect them. In dirty riverbeds, brown and green shrimp can be found.

A shrimp is a little shellfish with long legs and a rough covering on its back. They have an exoskeleton, a rigid, shell-like coating that covers them and gives them structure and protection.

Shrimp have a slender red, white, or dark gray body that is semitransparent and flattens out from side to side, as well as an elastic abdomen that ends in a fanlike tail.

The antennae are long, and the appendages have been adapted specifically for swimming. The usual length of the shrimp species is 1.5-3 in (4-8 cm).

Shrimp have elongated bodies and a strong exoskeleton.

How cute are they?

Shrimps are not considered to be cute. A few of them like Pistol shrimp and Mantis shrimp are in fact quite aggressive and cause injury to humans if they are not handled properly.

How do they communicate?

Some shrimp create noise, and each one seems to have its own 'voice' to speak with. Others use calls and loud sounds to convey a message, while others use body language and interact using frequencies that are inaudible to us, either above or below our earshot.

How big are shrimp?

Shrimps are usually 1.5-3 in long, almost four times smaller than a tiger prawn which is 13 in long.

How fast can shrimp move?

Shrimp are different from fish in many ways and one of them is how they glide through the water. They lack fins but they can still float in the water.

A shrimp moves by rapidly sucking its belly into its carapace and this is how it can move in the water. Another interesting fact is that shrimp swim backward due to their body structure.

How much do shrimp weigh?

The commercial weight of a shrimp is around 0.11 oz (50 g)

What are their male and female names of the species?

There is no particular name assigned to the shrimp male and female.

What would you call baby shrimp?

Baby shrimp are called shrimplets.

What do they eat?

Shrimp are omnivores that need a constant supply of food. Algae as well as other plant parts, small mammals, fish, and plankton, are all part of a shrimp diet.

Are they harmful?

Yes, if a person who has shrimp allergies eats one they will develop anaphylactic shock. The Mantis shrimp is known for its striking power, earning the label 'thumb splitter' for the excruciating cuts they can create when treated carelessly by humans.

Would they make a good pet?

Freshwater shrimp make excellent pets because they are fascinating, convenient, and add fun to almost every aquarium.

Did you know...

Among other facts, one is that snaps of shrimp are a major source of noise in the marine world, and their presence can interfere with sonar and aquatic communication.

Shrimp have a fairly sharp nose called the rostrum. This can be used to ward off predators.

Are shrimp male or female?

There are many fun facts about shrimp and one of them is all shrimps are originally born male and then develop into a female

How to cook shrimp?

Shrimp are popular seafood throughout the world. There are many delicious shrimp dishes which can be cooked at home. Shrimp are easy and quick to cook. Ensure that your seafood is clean before starting.

Shrimp have a gentle taste that absorbs the flavors of everything you're cooking them with, so you can pack them with flavor. Place raw shrimp in a mixing bowl and season with sea salt and whatever seasoning you like.

Switch on the burner and melt butter or oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp to the hot pan until the butter has melted or the oil has moved about freely.

You can cook for two to three minutes on each side, turning only once halfway through. Serve it with rice or fresh pasta and voilà.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other arthropods including the orb-weaver spider, or a house centipede.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our shrimp coloring pages.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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