The Giant Coconut Crab
Unless you have visited the coastal and forest regions of Indo-Pacific islands, you most likely have never seen this nocturnal creature known as the giant coconut crab. They are named such because they are capable of climbing coconut palm trees. They can then clip off the coconuts, return to the ground, peel off their husks, and use either rocks or their large claws to open them. Coconuts are part of their diet, although they also enjoy nuts, seeds, and fruits.
The Size Of The Giant Coconut Crab
These are large crabs. Their body length is about 16 inches. Their leg span measures three feet. The crabs can weigh up to nine pounds. Some of these crabs have been found that measure six feet across and weigh up to 30 pounds. They also have a long life expectancy spanning up to 30 years.
These Crabs Are Interesting Creatures
The giant coconut crab is very unusual because they cannot swim. However, they must have water to survive. The smaller ones can drown in water. A young crab has many predators. However, as they become fully grown, their only danger is mankind. The crab is known as a delicacy. In Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, not only is it a delicacy, but it is also an aphrodisiac. The female crab is in high demand if they have eggs that can be harvested.
The body of the giant coconut crab is divided into a front section, which consists of 10 legs and abdomen. The front-most pair of legs gas large claws. The left is larger than the right. The next two pairs are very powerful walking legs that have pointed tips. The fourth pair of legs is smaller. They have tweezer-like chelae at the end. The last couple of legs is very small. These legs are used by females to tend their eggs. The males use these for mating. They range in color from orange-red to purplish-blue.
With all of those legs, as well as their strength, I imagine these crabs can put up quite a fight.