Cerberin: Death by Coconut Crab

Nature's Poisons

You ever been pinched by a crab? I have. A Dungeness crab. It f***ing hurts. So if you heard that someone died from a crab you might have visions of being pinchered to death, with their claws stripping away your flesh, leaving behind sinew and bone. This might be a bit extreme, and I’ve most likely just given myself a new phobia, but you should know by now that if I mention death by crab, that only means one thing: Poison.

Coconut crab (Birgus latro) by L-Bit (CC 0) Coconut crab (Birgus latro) by L-Bit (CC 0)

Yes, there are poisonous crabs out there. In this case, the Coconut crab, Birgus latro, the largest land-based arthropod known. So-named because of its ability to pry open a coconut with its massive claws, the Coconut crab makes its home in the South Pacific islands and feeds off of damned near anything: coconuts, fruits, seeds, even carcasses of…

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