CHECK OUT THE COCONUT CRAB
I’m not a fan of anything that has multiple legs, claws, and can crack open coconut shells. So the coconut crab is definitely not on my favorite animal list. It is something you can stare at from afar (very very far) and marvel at though. Despite it’s creepiness I can appreciate mother natures endless attempts at freaking us out. The coconut crab, Birgus latro, is a species of terrestrial hermit crab, also known as the robber crab or palm thief. It is the largest land-living arthropod in the world. It is also one of the most frightening things to see crawling into your trashcan.
Coconut Crab Quick Facts:
- They cannot swim and if submerged under water for long, they will drown.
- They have an acute sense of smell which helps them to locate food sources such as fruits, nuts and seeds.
- The crab also has the ability to climb trees and crack open coconut shells, however coconuts are not a significant part of their diet.
- The crab can weigh up to 9 lbs.
- They can grow up to 16 inches with a leg span of more than 3 feet and have an average lifespan of 60 years.
- As adults they develop a tough exoskeleton and no longer need empty shells for protection.
- They will feed on tortoise hatchlings, dead animals and have been observed preying upon other species of crab.
- You can find these creepy giants living safely in the funafuti conversation area of Tuvalu. (Note to self – never visit Tuvalu)