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It whistles, and it has an extra pair of legs! THAT'S FRICKIN CREEPY!


No, that's not a Photoshopped picture! THAT'S THE REAL THING! And kids "play" with them by making them fall off of trees! I would "play" with them using a shotgun/chainsaw combo like I showed everyone yesterday.


One of my rules of thumb that any insect that is larger than my FRIGGIN HAND should be avoided at all costs. Seriously! Who picks these things up?


So, if you see something that looks like a giant alien chestburster, what's your first thought? Is it to PICK IT UP? Hell no! If Ripley taught us anything, it's to pull out your flamethrower when you encounter something like that. Frankly, that thing looks like it could swallow my head, and that's another indication to avoid it by whatever means possible.



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I made the mistake of clicking through to the full article. It gave me the shivers. I think I lost a few points of sanity for those giant spiders.

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I don't know, the Mexican Walking fish is kind of cute, it even has a cute little smile for the camera.

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walk_softly wrote:
I don't know, the Mexican Walking fish is kind of cute, it even has a cute little smile for the camera.



Awww! I think I just found my Spirit animal.

I like the Hairy Nosed Wombat as well



But the internets have corrupted me, because when looking at those pics all I can think of are LOLcat captions... shake
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It occurs to me now that I should have titled this thread, "Of course they're endangered! What the hell else should people do when they see this sort of thing??"
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Verkisto wrote:
No, that's not a Photoshopped picture! THAT'S THE REAL THING!


No way....

That giant crab-thing climbing the garbage can has got to be a fake.

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Ok...so the crab thing on the trash can is a what now?

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locusshifter wrote:
Ok...so the crab thing on the trash can is a what now?


It's a Giant Coconut Crab, so named because they can crack open a coconut with one claw swipe. Does anyone else realize that a coconut and a HUMAN HEAD are about the same size?

EDIT: Oh Jesus, here's one on a TREE:

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Oh yeah. Because this thread has spiders, shouldn't there be an Jess warning issued?

Hey Jess, don't come to this thread! I'm sure that giant bird eating spider here is friendly and not really behind you!
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Verkisto wrote:
locusshifter wrote:
Ok...so the crab thing on the trash can is a what now?


It's a Giant Coconut Crab, so named because they can crack open a coconut with one claw swipe. Does anyone else realize that a coconut and a HUMAN HEAD are about the same size?

EDIT: Oh Jesus, here's one on a TREE:



If it's a crab... is it tasty stir fried? How about steammed?
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Rappak wrote:
Verkisto wrote:
locusshifter wrote:
Ok...so the crab thing on the trash can is a what now?


It's a Giant Coconut Crab, so named because they can crack open a coconut with one claw swipe. Does anyone else realize that a coconut and a HUMAN HEAD are about the same size?

EDIT: Oh Jesus, here's one on a TREE:



If it's a crab... is it tasty stir fried? How about steammed?


It's about a $3,000 fine to eat one. They must be damn tasty to elicit that large of a fine!
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Verkisto wrote:
I would "play" with them using a shotgun/chainsaw combo like I showed everyone yesterday.


You need tanks man, TANKS!
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I need to find that crab and kill it.
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Well, if its just a crab its okay. The spiders on the other hand are nasty. But that is one big crab. NOw I'm afraid that one is under my desk, ready to pinch my Achilles tendon out. Crap.
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I'm still betting that the trash can pic is photoshopped. Giant Coconut Crabs are real, but this still seems way too big. According to wikipiedia, "Reports about the size of Birgus latro vary, but most references give a body length of up to 40 cm (16 in), a weight of up to 9 lb (4.1 kg), and a leg span of more than 3 ft (0.91 m), with males generally being larger than females. It is believed that this is near the theoretical limit for a terrestrial arthropod." That thing looks a lot bigger than 9 pounds or 16 inches.
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Boot2daHead wrote:
I'm still betting that the trash can pic is photoshopped. Giant Coconut Crabs are real, but this still seems way too big. According to wikipiedia, "Reports about the size of Birgus latro vary, but most references give a body length of up to 40 cm (16 in), a weight of up to 9 lb (4.1 kg), and a leg span of more than 3 ft (0.91 m), with males generally being larger than females. It is believed that this is near the theoretical limit for a terrestrial arthropod." That thing looks a lot bigger than 9 pounds or 16 inches.


Keep in mind that they are only talking about the body length here. That doesn't include the giant pincers.

I love the bit about the theoretical limit. I've always wondered about that.
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I doubt its photo shopped check this pic:

http://entertheoctopus.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/coconut-c...

Heres a nice blue looking one:
http://entertheoctopus.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/coconut-c...
 
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Luftwaffe Flak wrote:


I think the perspective on that first one is misleading because the person is holding the crab at arm's length and right in front of the camera. He could hold a kitten right in front of the camera and it would like it's as big as his torso. Unless that trash can is a lot smaller than the ones I leave on my curb for the trash truck (which is entirely possible), it's probably a fake. If that's a full size trash can, that crab weighs more than 9 pounds. There are also plenty of pics on the internet of people holding these crabs with one hand. That thing looks too big for that.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3075/2498593697_25bf7dd1ab.jp...
http://www.tincanboat.com/images/21085.jpg
http://www.tighar.org/Projects/Earhart/NikuV/photos/Coconut-...
http://au.geocities.com/iunvniue/CoconutCrab1.jpg
http://www.sailblogs.com/member/ursaminor/images/jeremiah_wi...
http://www.wtmarshallislands.com/CoconutCrab.jpg
http://www.hemmy.net/images/animals/hugecrab01.jpg
http://www.pengelly.net/images/Coconut_Crab_Bora_Bora.jpg
http://photos.igougo.com/images/p389884-Guam-The_Endangered_...
http://www.svfelicity.com/images/journal/tuamotus/crabtam.jp...
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/09C2gWi6dO6zu/610x.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3065/2529999499_d600fb2bd4.jp...
 
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Dear god in heaven, how much porn is it going to take to get those creepy things out of my mind?
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Boot2daHead wrote:
I'm still betting that the trash can pic is photoshopped. Giant Coconut Crabs are real, but this still seems way too big. According to wikipiedia, "Reports about the size of Birgus latro vary, but most references give a body length of up to 40 cm (16 in), a weight of up to 9 lb (4.1 kg), and a leg span of more than 3 ft (0.91 m), with males generally being larger than females. It is believed that this is near the theoretical limit for a terrestrial arthropod." That thing looks a lot bigger than 9 pounds or 16 inches.
That thing IS easily that big. When you see lobsters in a tank, they are generally around one to two pounds and they are a good 12 inches long or so.
 
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