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The Giant Coconut Crab (Birgus latro) is the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world. It is known for its ability to crack coconuts with its strong pincers in order to eat the contents. This crab is more than 3 feet from head to tail and weighs up to 40 pounds, with a pair of large pincers strong enough to open coconuts.


Coconut Crab: The Coconut Crab is the only species of the genus Birgus and is related to the terrestrial hermit crabs of the genus Coenobita ~ [Wikipedia]

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Giant Coconut Crab: Coconut crabs have a body length of about 16 inches, a leg span of 3 feet, and can weigh up to 9 pounds. Though there are accounts of them reaching upwards of 6 feet across and weighing up to 30 pounds. They can also live more than 30 years. Coconut Crabs can't swim, even smaller crabs drown in water, though they require water to survive.


Coconut Crab They grow up to 3 ft, and are the largest arthropods on land. Coconut crabs are indigenous to small islands in the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans, and can live up to 50 years or more. Although deriving its name from its coconut-eating tendencies, the coconut crab has a varied diet, which includes feeding on smaller crabs

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The coconut crab, a type of hermit crab that can grow to gigantic proportions, is the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world.

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