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When buying live/cooked crabs, always ensure they are lively or at least have plenty of movement when touched. Never buy an uncooked crab that doesn't move, as it might have been dead for a while, and make you very ill. Female crabs have wide 'flaps' on the rear undersides of their bodies, while male crabs have much thinner 'flaps'. The former offer better quality meat later in the year, while males are preferred in the summer.