By Josie June 12th, 2023
With a taste for coconuts, fruits, and even carrion, these land-dwelling crabs are known to climb trees and crack open coconuts with their massive claws.
Despite their intimidating size, coconut crabs are not aggressive toward humans.
They are shy and nocturnal creatures
These crabs communicate through chemical signals, which they release to mark their territories and attract potential mates.
They efficiently consume dead animals and seabird chicks, which can otherwise become breeding grounds for pathogens and parasites.
Found primarily on islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, these crabs live in lush rainforests and along rocky shores.
These crabs are excellent swimmers and can survive in both saltwater and freshwater.
They bury themselves in the sand, exposing only their eyes, allowing them to blend in with their surroundings and avoid detection.
The world's largest arthropod has a lifespan of up to 60 years, and have an impressive ability to regenerate lost limbs.