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Email claims that attached photographs depict a very large type of crab called the Coconut Crab because of its ability to crack coconuts with its strong claws.

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The information in the message is true and the photographs are genuine. The Coconut Crab is indeed classified as the largest land-living arthropod in the world. They live on the tropical islands of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

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Last updated: January 22, 2013
First published: 23rd February 2009
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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Our friends in Australia sent us a picture of a Coconut Crab. This is pretty interesting.... Coconut Crab (Birgus latro) is the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world. It is known for its ability to crack coconuts with its strong pincers in order to eat the contents.

It is sometimes called the robber crab because some coconut crabs are rumored to steal shiny items such as pots and silverware from houses and tents.

The second photo gives you a good idea of how large these crabs are - a coconut crab is seeking food from a black trashcan.

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According to this message, which circulates via email and social media posts, the attached photographs show a coconut crab, which is the largest terrestrial arthropod in th Hoax-Slayer - New Articles 3
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