Friday, February 19, 2010

Odd Animals - Coconut Crap...........

Okay, so mom is now home and re-cooperating well. MD's 50th Surprise Birthday Party is still happening tomorrow at MaxWElls (thank the goddess for the owner as he came through in a pinch). I will just so be happy when February is OVER. This was a very bad and expensive (that part is for another post) month.

With nothing really to talk about I will bore you with a weird creature I stumbled across today. I mean figuratively speaking that is.

This is a Coconut Crab.

"The coconut crab, Birgus latro, is the largest land-living arthropod in the world and is probably at the limit of how big terrestrial animals with exoskeletons can get under the prevailing conditions. Their body is divided into four regions; the cephalic lobe, forepart, trunk, and opisthosoma. It is a highly apomorphic hermit crab and is known for its ability to crack coconuts with its strong pincers in order to eat the contents. It is the only species of the genus Birgus.

"It is also called the robber crab or palm thief, because some coconut crabs are rumored to steal shiny items such as pots and silverware from houses and tents...."

The AbsoluteAstronomy article doesn't say how big the coconut crab is - but another source says the body can be 16 inches long. The things climb trees, and those big claws can lift up to 64 pounds.

That's one impressive crab.

The creatures have a branchiostegal lung - which seems to be distinct from the book lung that other arthropods have.

I checked it out on snoopes (I seem to run everything though here) and it says it is a real living thing.

Just random thoughts that I ended up shaing with you. Enjoy!

Oh, and yes I will be posting pictures from MD's birthday party as soon as I get them from the photographer. And yes I am sure there will be blackmail involved!

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