Which Is Freakier: Camel Spider or Coconut Crab?
This is actually two camel spiders -- it looks like one might be trying to eat the other? Ugh.
It's big. Really big.
Coconut Crab with it's favorite food
Imagine how strong it's pincers must be : /
Camel spider camouflaging itself
Coconut crabs chill on the tree trunks
Among soldiers in Iraq, stories of Camel Spiders are legendary
A smaller camel spider
Some spider enthusiasts keep them as pets. Ack.
Pretty coloring on these guys
I wonder if they taste like coconut?
The camel spider is a sand-colored arachnid that lives in dry desert areas like the Middle East and the Southwestern U.S. They always seek shade, which means that they will run towards you if you are casting a shadow. What's worse, they hiss/scream when they run, which gives the impression that they are screaming and attacking, when really they are just seeking shade. Contrary to popular belief, they are not venomous.
The coconut crab is the largest land-living arthropod, and is probably the largest terrestrial animal with an exoskeleton in the world. They are found in the islands of the South Pacific, and are known for their ability to crack coconuts with their strong pincers to eat the contents. It is eaten by some in the Pacific Islands, where it is considered a delicacy and an aphrodisiac.
Which one freaks you out more?
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