Coconut Crab

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Coconut Crab

Also known as the palm thief or the robber crab, the coconut crab is on record as the largest land-living arthropod on the planet. This crab has an incredibly powerful set of pincers which it uses to climb and crack open coconuts.

The coconut crab has a body that is divided into 4 distinct parts: cephalic lobe, forepart, trunk, and opisthosoma. These land-based crabs have organs that are structured differently on their body, much like that of an insect.

They are usually around 40 cm long and weigh in at about 9 kg. As expected, they mostly eat coconuts, but will also sometimes eat tortoise eggs, leaves, fruit, and even discarded shells of other animals.

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