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Check out this massive crab

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We heard you wanted to see a picture of a simply gigantic crab. So here it is.

Coconut Crab (Birgus latro)

Coconut Crab (Birgus latro)

The Coconut Crab (Birgus latro) is the world’s biggest land-living arthropod. It lives in the eastern Pacific region, and, as the name suggests, can crack open and eat coconuts. Actually it will eat all sorts of things; but luckily for us, rarely if ever does it eat live animals.

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14 thoughts on “Check out this massive crab

  • Kennedi

    Thats so awesome!!!! I almost want one as a pet now or at least see it in person. Also wonder what it would taste one.

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  • It is highly likely the pic was taken on Christmas Island. Blue coconut crabs there are plentiful and protected.

    The crabs are very clever. They can easily peel the husk off a coconut but cannot break the inner hard shell. To do this they learn to carry the husked coconut up a coconut tree and drop it onto a rocky surface where it will shatter.

    I’ve eaten them in the Solomon Islands (not protected there) – Not on my list as best-tasting – – –

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  • ben james

    its ass looks like a burger

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  • That’s amazing, but also kinda scary! Are there any reports of it attacking people or animals?

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  • OMG that is HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Can you keep them as pets? how long do they live and has anyone had their head clamped down and eatten? Thats a whole lota crab.

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  • How the heck do you find a pot big enough to cook it in????? 🙂

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  • Can you tell me where was this picture taken? and did you capture this crab or was this a pet you raised?

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  • The Wildlife Gardener

    It’s raiding the bin – smash and crab, perhaps?

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  • Billobob

    Wow, that’s really big is there an average measurement? love the blog!

    The Ranger responds: Reports about the size of Birgus latro vary, but most references give a body length of up to 40 cm (16 in), a weight of up to 9 lb (4.1 kg), and a leg span of more than 3 ft (0.91 m), with males generally being larger than females. It is believed that this is near the theoretical limit for a terrestrial arthropod. That’s a big crab.

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  • The Wildlife Gardener

    Cor! That’s a lot of thermidor!

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