Thursday, 1 August 2013

Giant Coconut Crab

With the title of the largest land based arthropod in the world, it's a wonder that the Giant Coconut Crab doesn't get more press than it does.

These animals are generally nocturnal and live in many coastal and forest regions of Indo-Pacific islands. Some of it's "island names" are the Robber Crab or Palm Thief because of it's reported habit of taking anything it can use, specifically shiny items. But they get their common name from their ability to climb Coconut Palm trees & clip off the Coconuts.

Coconut crabs have a body length of about 16 inches, a leg span of 3 feet, and can weigh up to 9 pounds. Though there are accounts of them reaching upwards of 6 feet across and weighing up to 30 pounds. They can also live more than 30 years.

Coconut Crabs can't swim, even smaller crabs drown in water, though they require water to survive.Though an adolescent has many predators, the only danger to a fully grown Coconut Crab are Human Beings, as the crab is a delicacy as well as an aphrodisiac in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. 

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