The Coconut Crab

coconut crab

This is the coconut crab (Birgus latro), a land-dwelling hermit crab that can crack open coconuts with its claws. The largest arthropod on land is found on islands across the Indian and Pacific Oceans and can grow to 1m from leg to leg. Although it starts out as a juvenile wearing other gastropod shells for protection, as an adult it grows its own tough exoskeleton. Via ScienceAlert

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4 Responses to The Coconut Crab

  1. Phil Krause says:

    You wouldn’t want one of those up you trousers.

  2. Steve B says:

    If one of these beasties can fit up your trousers, Phil then I suggest you get a new tailor!!

  3. alfy says:

    Jim, we need you to find a video clip of one of these opening a dustbin/cracking open a can of lager from a store/breaking up a coconut/climbing up a pair of trousers.

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