Monday, June 7, 2010

Coconut Crab?


Have you ever heard of a coconut crab?                                     
I hadn't until I received an email with these really cool pictures.















They have alot of pretty colors on them.
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. 
 
The coconut crab is a large edible land crab related to the hermit crab, and are 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. Coconut crab meat has been considered a local delicacy.
They are the largest land crab but begin their life in the sea. Although not endangered they are on the list of threatened species. Click here for more information about Coconut Crabs.




5 comments:

  1. Unbelievable! I had no idea there was a crab as big as that. I'm glad it doesn't live where I live! I hope you don't mind; I'm putting a link to this post on my blog. Just let me know if you want me to remove it, k? Thanks for the info.

    Here's the link to my post, in case you'd like to read it: You Ain't Seen Nuthin', Yet!

    ~ Yaya
    Yaya's Changing World

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  2. Yaya sent me over. That is nuts! And scary...

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  3. Yaya sent me over and OMGoodness those are soe seriously BIG crabs. I'm all itchy thinking about them.

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  4. Thanks ladies for all the fun comments! Yaya thanks for sending them over! They are big! I wonder if they are tasty??

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  5. came via Yaya's post, wow have never seen these before, WOW.

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