This crab’s name comes from its looks and dietThe food an animal eats.. The brown and green colors of a coconut crab’s shell help it blend in when it climbs palm trees to get coconuts to eat. This crab’s pinchers are strong enough to clip a coconut from the tree stem and crack into the shell.
Coconut crabs are related to hermit crabs, and they act like it when they’re young. Because its shell is thin and soft when it is small, a juvenileA young animal either still cared for by adults or able to care for itself, but not sexually mature or of adult size or status. coconut crab wears an empty seashell or coconut husk on its back. As the crab grows, its shell becomes thicker and harder—a super suit of armor!