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,
Habitat: many islands in the Pacific and Indian Ocean
like the Christmas Island, Marianna Islands, Seychelles, Tuvalu, Cook Islands or Kiribati.
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 is
not sure whether the crab is endangered or not, although it is sure that on many islands significant drops in
considered a delicacy and an aphrodisiac, it is still hunted by humans on many islands.
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.