The Giant Coconut Crab is the largest anthropod on land weighing in at 4.1 kg. Although this creepy crustacean starts life in the sea, living on the sea floor until it reaches maturity, the adult crabs can’t breathe under water and drown if submersed. The adult crabs eat fruit, nuts, seeds and carrion when they can. They do eat coconuts and are rumored to steal shiny objects like pots and pans.
Meet Claude. Claude is a Tasmanian King Crab of giant proportions. Claude weighs 15 lbs. and is still a juvenile. This means he will double in size as he reaches adulthood. Although Claude could make 160 crab cakes, he has been spared from the pot and sold to the British aquarium for £3, 000.
The Yeti crab was discovered in 2005. Although not as giant as our other anthropods at only 5.9 inches, they do have delightfully furry arms. The Yeti Crab (Kiwa Hirsuta) is blind and the hairy arms contain bacteria that are thought to detoxify the poisonous minerals from the hydro-thermal vents on the ocean floor where they live.