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Highway measures aim to save crabs

AVOIDING THE CRUSH:A national park is trying to protect crabs migrating to their spawning grounds from being squashed by vehicles on a Pingtung County highway

Staff writer, with CNA

Traffic on a highway in Pingtung County will face restrictions in the next few months to allow land crabs in Kenting National Park to cross the road to reach their coastal spawning grounds, the park administration said.

Two of the four lanes on a section of Provincial Highway No. 26 will be closed for three days around full moon this month, next month and in October, the peak spawning season for the land crabs, the park said.

This will allow safer passage for the crustaceans as they migrate from inland areas to their coastal spawning grounds near Banana Bay (香蕉灣) in southern Taiwan, the park said.

The measure has been taken in recent years to reduce the chances of the crabs being crushed by cars and motorcycles on the highway, which passes through the popular tourist destination of Kenting (墾丁) on the southern tip of Pingtung County, the park said.

Similar action has been taken to protect purple crow butterflies in Yunlin County.

From late March to early April, a section of National Freeway No. 3 is closed to allow the annual migration of the butterfly species from Greater Kaohsiung to Miaoli County.

The highway section is usually closed when the migration reaches a peak of 300 purple crow butterflies per minute across that section of the highway.

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