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coconut crab

If you saw this 4.8 pound coconut crab walking down the street, would you be freaked out or go get a big pot of hot boiling water to stick this critter in for dinner? It’s not likely being that coconut crabs are found in islands near the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They are the largest terrestrial arthropods in the world and can weigh as much as 9 pounds, grow to be as big as a trash can, and live as long as 120 years. But don’t think about cracking one open. They have an armor-like shell and claws powerful enough to easily crack open a coconut, which is how the crustacean got its name.  They primarily eat coconuts but have been known to eat…anything, like birds, plants or any rotten thing that falls on the ground. Might not be a good idea to eat one if you don’t know what it’s been eating. Click here to read more about this coconuts crab found walking down a street in Honolulu.

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