Arthropod

Coconut crab

Area: 
Islands in the Indian Ocean, the Indo-Pacific region, and the southern Pacific Ocean
Habitat: 
Sand burrows and rock crevices along coastlines
Food: 
Coconut meat, fruit, nuts, seeds, carrion
Size: 
About 3 feet wide from leg tip to leg tip; weight: about 9 pounds
Babies: 
Eggs hatch in the ocean and larvae float in the sea for up to 28 days.
Coconut crabs are the largest land arthropods in the world.
A Colossal Crab

 

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!