Blue Crawdad?

I found these (see photo below) near a stream in Bent Tree, yesterday. The bright blue color caught my eye.  I thought it was trash, bent down to pick it up, and noticed they were claws. They look like crayfish claws. I’d never seen a blue crayfish before, so I did a quick Google search.  Click here to link to information about rare crayfish species found in Georgia.  There are some blue crayfish listed as endangered (state status – not federal status), such as the Conasauga Blue Burrower and the Piedmont Blue Burrower.  Others with blueish claws, such as the Chattahoochee Crayfish, are listed as threatened. None of the above have the federal endangered status; no need to worry about another “snail darter” type issue.  But, to be on the safe side, I’m going to assume these claws belonged to a very common, non-threatened, non-endangered species.  To link to a more comprehensive list of crayfish in Georgia (not just the rare ones), click here. I had no idea there was such a variety. There’s even a Vidalia Crayfish.  There’s probably a recipe out there somewhere for Vidalia Crayfish with Vidalia Onions.