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Coconut Crab: The Bigest Terrestrial Arthropod In The World!

Coconut Crab: The Bigest Terrestrial Arthropod In The World!

Imagine crabs that can eat kittens! Among terrestrial arthropods, the phylum that includes crustaceans, spiders and insects, coconut crabs are the largest on the planet. The crabs, which live on islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans, can grow up to three feet across and weigh nine pound (4.1 kg).

It has the ability to crack or pound open coconuts with its strong pincers. The soft white meat of the coconut forms the main part of the crab’s diet. So how does this creature actually find its food? Well, it finds food with its extremely well-developed sense of smell. Like an insect, it uses antennae to zero in on its vittles, but takes this to an extreme by devoting considerable brainpower to the sense.

Source: memolition.com

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