This Giant Otherworldly Crab Can Be Your Worst Nightmare
When I first heard about the coconut crab, it sounded harmless enough. After all, I do like coconuts.
Only later had I learned how naive I was, because unlike my favorite tropical nuts, the coconut crab is really a monstrous creature best suited for a horror movie.
A relative of the hermit crab, the coconut crab is land based. These bad boys can grow up to 3 feet wide and weigh up to 10 pounds.
They can live for up to 60 years. So don’t start owing one money because that debt will not go away.
Although they often enjoy the fruit that gives them their name, they also eat other fruits… and other crabs.
They can climb trees, so there is no escape. Unless you head to water, because ironically – this crab cannot swim and would actually drown in water.
Did we mention they can
A coconut crab can crack open coconuts with their claws, so also don’t challenge them to a thumb war.
here is something inherently fearsome about creatures that possess an exoskeleton.
They are not generally considered dangerous to humans, but that is likely because everyone is too afraid to talk about them in case they overhear.
They are the largest terrestrial
in the world.
There are records of them ambushing young chickens even
That is one terrifying critter.
Luckily, these guys only live on islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Even though they don’t pose a direct threat to humans, I wouldn’t want to get pinched by one.