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These giants of the crustacean world are the largest land crabs on earth with a wide 140mm carapace and weighing up to 4kg. They have formidable claws which could easily take off a finger, but they're not quite as fearsome as they look. They live mostly by scavenging, which is why you often see them gathered along the roadside during the red crab migration, cleaning up the inevitable road-kills.

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Paolo “Canpao” Canna… on November 28, 2012

Beautiful shot and impressive capture. Title threatrening.Thanks for explanation.L 9. Best wishes, Canpao

Nick Weall on November 28, 2012

Wow a powerful wee beastie Derek and thanks for the great info too ~ What a nipper ~~

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on November 29, 2012

Hi Beautiful shot Derek. I LIKE it + YS. Greetings, 4 t ⃝ N E

Kalin Ranchev on November 29, 2012

Very interesting and beautiful capture!!

F+L

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Greetings,

Kalin

Derek Geer on November 30, 2012

Than you Canpao for your kind comments. Regards Derek

Derek Geer on November 30, 2012

Thanks Nick. You have it spot on - they are known elsewhere as coconut crabs due to their ability to break open coconuts. Regards Derek

Derek Geer on November 30, 2012

Thank you Tone for the kind comments and fav. Regards Derek

Derek Geer on November 30, 2012

Thank you very much Kalin. Regards Derek

Albrecht H. on December 1, 2012

Very nice shot!! LIKE 13

My best wishes - A.

Derek Geer on December 6, 2012

Thank you Albrecht. Regards Derek

Fred Quader on December 6, 2012

L 14,

F 4,

a very good shot.

Derek Geer on December 6, 2012

Thank you Kastl for your visit and kind comments. The F&L are much appreciated. Regards Derek

Derek Geer on January 2, 2013

Thank you James for your visit and kind comments. Regards Derek

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Photo taken in Golf Course Casino Road, Christmas Island

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  • Uploaded on November 13, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Derek Geer
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A710 IS
    • Taken on 2006/11/09 12:07:40
    • Exposure: 0.020s (1/50)
    • Focal Length: 26.75mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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