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Crab
                     Facts:
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 Crabs are crustaceans.

 Crabs have ten         legs. Of these, the first pair are claws.
 The sizes of crabs can range from a small          marble to
 about 4 meters.


                   Did you know?

          The biggest crab                                          Amazing
         is the spider crab.
     Its legs are so long they                          50 million !!!! Red Crabs
   could reach around a whole                             on Christmas Island
    hippopotamus. It is almost                       (located in the Indian Ocean)
     4 meters wide measured                       travel 8 km each year to the coast
      from one front pincher                           and back to lay their eggs.
          to the other one.                        They travel in a GIANT group for
                                                       protection from predators.
                                                    Once they have laid their eggs
                                                         they trek back to their
                                                             forest homes.
Crab
                     Facts:
www.motlies.com




 The smallest known crab is the Pea Crab,
 named for its size; while the largest crab is the
 f
 ­ amous Japanese Spider Crab.

 The Japanese Spider Crab holds several
 records:
 It is the oldest crab of the world and it is
 ­ robably the most deep-living crab of
 p
 the world; its natural habitats are usually the deepest
 abysses of the Pacific Ocean.

 Japanese Spider Crabs live longer than other crabs. Some
 have been knows to live for a century and more.

 Crabs eat a lot of things; they are known to eat both plant as
 well as animal foods.

 Most vegetarian crabs subsist only on algae. Flesh-eating
 crabs can eat other crustaceans, worms and mollusks.
Crab
                     Facts:
www.motlies.com




 Interesting crabs are the     Ghost Crab and the
 ­Halloween Crab.
                                                                 Info Box
 The Ghost Crab really looks like a ghost with bulging
 eyes and the Halloween Crab‘s colors will instantly         Fiddler Crabs make
 remind you of a Jack-O‘-Lantern. There‘s also a Thumb-
                                                                  for good
 nail Crab, which really looks like a human thumbnail.         household pets.

 The Fiddler Crab will immediately captivate anyone‘s
 attention: They have a single large claw on one
 side. They even raise this single claw in a movement that
 looks like a person waving.

 The most  colorful crab in the world is probably the
 Sally Lightfoot Crab. This crab has tantalizing ­colors
 of red, orange, yellow and white.
Crab
                     Facts:
www.motlies.com




 There‘s also a crab that‘s often mistaken as a spider ­
 because of its long spindly legs. This crab is the Arrow Crab.

 Hermit Crabs are unique because they do not grow
 shells of their own; they take over unoccupied
 snail shells, and must find new ones as they grow.
 These crabs are commonly seen in tide pools.




                                                             Info Box

                                                     Some people need
                                                    to count the number
                                                   of legs to understand
                                                       whether it is an
                                                   Arrow Crab or a spider
                                                        (spiders have
                                                          eight legs).
Crab
                     Quiz:
www.motlies.com




 True or False?

 1.	 Red Crabs on Christmas Island travel once a year in a
                  huge group to the ocean.

 2.	 Crabs have eight legs like spiders.

 3.	 The largest crab is the Japanese Spider Crab.

 4.	 Hermit Crabs take over unoccupied shells.

 5.	 Crabs are fish.




 Answers:
 1. T, 2. F (they have 10 leg), 3. T, 4. T, 5. F (no they are crustaceans)

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Crab facts

  • 1. Crab Facts: www.motlies.com Crabs are crustaceans. Crabs have ten legs. Of these, the first pair are claws. The sizes of crabs can range from a small marble to about 4 meters. Did you know? The biggest crab Amazing is the spider crab. Its legs are so long they 50 million !!!! Red Crabs could reach around a whole on Christmas Island hippopotamus. It is almost (located in the Indian Ocean) 4 meters wide measured travel 8 km each year to the coast from one front pincher and back to lay their eggs. to the other one. They travel in a GIANT group for protection from predators. Once they have laid their eggs they trek back to their forest homes.
  • 2. Crab Facts: www.motlies.com The smallest known crab is the Pea Crab, named for its size; while the largest crab is the f ­ amous Japanese Spider Crab. The Japanese Spider Crab holds several records: It is the oldest crab of the world and it is ­ robably the most deep-living crab of p the world; its natural habitats are usually the deepest abysses of the Pacific Ocean. Japanese Spider Crabs live longer than other crabs. Some have been knows to live for a century and more. Crabs eat a lot of things; they are known to eat both plant as well as animal foods. Most vegetarian crabs subsist only on algae. Flesh-eating crabs can eat other crustaceans, worms and mollusks.
  • 3. Crab Facts: www.motlies.com Interesting crabs are the Ghost Crab and the ­Halloween Crab. Info Box The Ghost Crab really looks like a ghost with bulging eyes and the Halloween Crab‘s colors will instantly Fiddler Crabs make remind you of a Jack-O‘-Lantern. There‘s also a Thumb- for good nail Crab, which really looks like a human thumbnail. household pets. The Fiddler Crab will immediately captivate anyone‘s attention: They have a single large claw on one side. They even raise this single claw in a movement that looks like a person waving. The most colorful crab in the world is probably the Sally Lightfoot Crab. This crab has tantalizing ­colors of red, orange, yellow and white.
  • 4. Crab Facts: www.motlies.com There‘s also a crab that‘s often mistaken as a spider ­ because of its long spindly legs. This crab is the Arrow Crab. Hermit Crabs are unique because they do not grow shells of their own; they take over unoccupied snail shells, and must find new ones as they grow. These crabs are commonly seen in tide pools. Info Box Some people need to count the number of legs to understand whether it is an Arrow Crab or a spider (spiders have eight legs).
  • 5. Crab Quiz: www.motlies.com True or False? 1. Red Crabs on Christmas Island travel once a year in a huge group to the ocean. 2. Crabs have eight legs like spiders. 3. The largest crab is the Japanese Spider Crab. 4. Hermit Crabs take over unoccupied shells. 5. Crabs are fish. Answers: 1. T, 2. F (they have 10 leg), 3. T, 4. T, 5. F (no they are crustaceans)