Coconut Crab

Coconut Crab (Birgus latro) is the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world. It is known for its ability to crack coconuts with its strong pincers in order to eat the contents. It is sometimes called the robber crab because some coconut crabs are rumored to steal shiny items such as pots and silverware from houses and tents.

The second photo gives you a good idea of how large these crabs are – a coconut crab is seeking food from a black trashcan.

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The coconut crab is a large edible land crab related to the hermit crab, found in the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans. They eat coconuts for a living! How would you like to be on an island and come across a crab that is more than 3 feet from head to tail and weighs up to 40 pounds, with a pair of large pincers strong enough to open coconuts! They can climb trees too, but they only eat coconuts that have already fallen to the ground.

One Response

  1. Hi there,

    The first photo in your blog belongs to me and I’d appreciate it greatly if you could attribute it back to me. You can either use my full name (Rebecca Dominguez) or you can use my flickr ID (bluebec).

    The photo URL is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluebec/340613817/

    If you do not attribute the photo, I will ask you to take it down.

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