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Coconut Crabs: The World's Biggest

Posted on Sat, 13 Mar 2010 21:22:06 GMT
Coconut CrabIt seems that the World's largest land-living crab is the Coconut Crab, which is also the World's biggest land-going arthropod (which means it is an invertebrate animal having an exoskeleton). The largest sea based crab is the Japanese Spider Crab, however this creature does not leave the ocean unlike the Coconut.

The Coconut Crab lives in the coastal forest regions or many Indo-Pacific Islands, however they have known to become extinct in areas where humans live. They are usually night-time loving creatures, being nocturnal and stay well hidden for most of the day.

These funny creatures are sometimes known to steal shiny items, such as metallic objects from houses and tents around where they live.

The size of these creatures does vary, however they are usually known to have a body length of up to 40 cm and an average weight of up to 9 lb. They can have a leg span of more that 3 ft, while males are generally larger than female crabs.

These crabs cannot live or survive in water or aquatic environments. They are unable to breathe underwater and have no oxygen filtration features in their respiratory system.

Apparently, from reports, these type of crabs ate Amelia Earhart while she was stranded on Nikumaroro Island, the desert island where she died. They could have feasted on her flesh and mauled her bones. Researchers hope to find her remains in the crab burrows.

Coconut crab over coconut shell

Coconut Crab on trash can

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melMon, 14 May 2012 08:57:18 GMT

This is disgusting!

MaryWed, 24 Oct 2012 21:06:51 GMT

Now i know how Amelia Earhart went...

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