posted on Sep, 26 2007 @ 01:11 PM
The coconut crab is also known as the robber crab, because like a magpie, it steals things from people, such as car keys, and runs off with them.
It is the largest land-going crab on the planet. It is also the most highly evolved of the coenobita, or land hermit crabs. Most hermit crabs require
a water source to be carried around with them in order to breathe properly while on land, which is why they wear their shells. The coconut crab,
after its first year, does not require this extra water source.
I have heard that B. latro
is either endangered or threatened because it makes a tasty meal and is considered a delicacy in the South
It is also extremely short tempered and can do severe damage to someone who messes with it. It is also extremely cannibalistic and cannot be kept
penned or tied with other members of its species because the larger will eat the smaller.
It is believed that B. latro
and/or its cousin species, Coenobita perlatus,
the strawberry hermit crab, may have been responsible for
disposing of Amelia Erhardt's remains
when she died on
an island after crashing.
[edit to fix bold to italic. sigh]
[edit on 26-9-2007 by MajorMalfunction]