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E-RFD: Who's a Big Crab?

Birgus Latro, sometimes called the "robber crab,  is a large edible land crab related to the hermit crab, and are  found in the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans . They eat coconuts for a living. How would you like to be on an island and come across a crab that is more than 3 feet from head to tail and weighs up to 40 pounds, with a pair of large pincers strong enough to open coconuts?  They can climb trees too, but they only eat coconuts that have already fallen to the ground. Coconut Crab meat -- like our local Dungeness -- has been considered a local delicacy. 

The big difference, of course, is the size of the pot you need to cook them.  

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