We're not saying coconut crabs were the inspiration for the creature in the 'Alien' franchise, but it wouldn't surprise us if that were true. These freaky-looking crabs are the not only the largest crabs on land, they're the largest land-dwelling arthropods—a phylum that includes spiders, lobsters, and scorpions. Enough with the science talk, let's cut to the gossip: Word on the street is that coconut crabs ate Amelia Earhart. Let us explain...
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Key Facts In This Video
Coconut crab juveniles are much bigger than hermit crabs, so they tend to dominate the area they live in. 02:02
Coconut crabs have a lifespan comparable to that of a human. 03:41
Coconut crabs are omnivorous. They will eat foods from fleshy fruits to rotten flesh. 04:25
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Note: This photo is a little misleading—it shows an unusually small trashcan.
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