Juvenile coconut crab and the shell it had just come out of in Guam.
I believe this was a young coconut crab, or ayuyu in Chamorro (found in Guam at Tagachang beach).
Captives tethered to a table on market day.
Along the trail to Vaikona Chasm.
Relatively small one, along the road to Greta Beach.
The biggest one I'd ever seen. Shoe for scale. On the road to Greta Beach.
The coconut crab, Birgus latro, is a species of terrestrial hermit crab, also known as the robber crab or palm thief. It is the largest land-living arthropod in the world, and is probably at the upper size limit for terrestrial animals with exoskeletons in recent Earth atmosphere, with a weight of up to 4.1 kg (9.0 lb). It can grow to up to 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in length from leg to leg. It is found on islands across the...