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A few days ago i received a forwarded email from a friend with some photos of an animal called “Coconut Crab“. Yes they are crabs that climb and stays on coconut trees! Weird? I find it to be scary!

The photo:

Yes exactly, they look damn scary and what the hell is a crab doing climbing on trees? From the photo you can see that the crab looks like a robot or something, almost like a creature from Ultraman. So thinking its fake, i did a search and found some surprising results.

Source (Wikipedia):

The coconut crab (Birgus latro) is the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world. It is a derived hermit crab which is known for its ability to crack coconuts with its strong pincers in order to eat the contents. It is sometimes called the robber crab or palm thief (cf. German Palmendieb), because some coconut crabs are rumored to steal shiny items such as pots and silverware from houses and tents. Another name is the terrestrial hermit crab, due to the use of shells by the young animals (although terrestrial hermit crab also applies to a number of other hermit crabs — see Australian land hermit crab). The coconut crab also has different local names as for example ayuyu in Guam, or unga or kaveu.

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The Video:

Yes the crab does exist. I wish to see one of them soon. Click here for more photos.

Posted at 9:10 am on December 25th, 2007 in Blogging with 8,734 views

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