coconut crab

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coconut crab:

see hermit crabhermit crab,
a crustacean distinguished from true crabs by its long, soft, spirally coiled abdomen terminating in an asymmetrically hooked tail. Most hermit crabs protect this vulnerable portion of their bodies by occupying the empty shells of periwinkles, whelks, and other
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It seems no aquarium can hold this coconut crab, which has claws like bolt-cutters.
Coconut crabs climb palm trees to get coconuts to eat.
when local children and families will stroll down the red carpet to meet the crustacean cast, including Japanese spider crabs, which can grow to 15 feet across, and coconut crabs, so named for their ability to crack open coconuts with their powerful claws.
Coconut crabs can crack open coconuts with the power of their claws.
Coconut crabs regularly climb trees with heights of more than 60 feet.
An absolute priority is to safeguard the native population of young coconut crabs -- a fast-vanishing species that is one of the wonders of the animal world.
Coconut crabs, also known as Robber Crabs -- and sometimes nicknamed Godzillas Crabs -- are normally the size of small cats but can grow to 2.
The five-tank Claws exhibit features Japanese spider crabs, which can grow to 15 feet across, and coconut crabs, named for their ability to crack open coconuts with the power of their claws.