Coconut Crab Facts 


Coconut crabFast Facts

  • Biological name: Birgus latro
  • Alternate popular names: palm thief, robber crab
  • Length: 60 cm from head to tail and 1 meter from leg tip to leg tip
  • Average weight: 3 kg
  • Weight: 4 kg
  • Life span: about 60 years.
  • Diet:  coconuts, leaves, fruits, eggs, dead animals, other crabs.
  • Habitat: many islands in the Pacific and Indian Ocean like the Christmas Island, Marianna Islands, Seychelles, Tuvalu, Cook Islands or Kiribati.

Interesting facts about the coconut crab:

 It has a very developed smell so they can smell potential food sources from a distance.

 Mating takes place on land between May and September. The female carries the eggs with her until they hatch, when the eggs are released into the water, near the shore.

 The coconut crab is especially active during the night.

 Although its claws are powerful, breaking a coconut is still a hard task for the crab. At times it will climb a tree with a coconut and throw it from there in order to break it.

 It is not sure whether the crab is endangered or not, although it is sure that on many islands significant drops in numbers occurred.

 Being considered a delicacy and an aphrodisiac, it is still hunted by humans on many islands.

 On some islands the coconut crab disappeared (possibly due to the loss of habitat and hunting). They once lived in mainland Australia and in Madagascar too.

Coconut Crab