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Land Crab

Cardisoma guanhumi


the land crab dose not live in the sea it lives on land It's legs spread a foot from side to side and it lives in a burrow among the Mangroves and in low-lying broadleaf coppice where the water table is close to the surface. these crabs take to the road quite literally on their journey from their burrows to the sea is where they must go to lay their eggs. i have taken a picture of a baby land crap in the Bahamas


In suitable habitats, there may be as many as a thousand crab burrows to an acre. The burrows go down as much as a metre to the water table where the crabs can immerse themselves in water and keep their gills moist. In the Bahamas, most crab burrows are well away from human habitation, but in Florida they can be somewhat of a nuisance where they dig up lawns and eat garden vegetables! Land crabs are primarily vegetarians, eating tender leaves, fruits, berries, flowers and some vegetables. Occasionally they will eat beetles or other large insects.


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ebrowninvolcom 9 years ago

thank you

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah. That's a nice crab you've spotted there. Crabs, like other crustaceans (prawns, shrimps. lobsters, etc) belong to the arthropods group. I'll move it there for you now. We look forward to more of your spottings!

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Tarpum Bay, Bahamas

Spotted on Oct 21, 2011
Submitted on Oct 21, 2011

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