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Australia’s curious crabs

Wild Journey

Ever heard of the crab that climbs trees? Or the 4kg crab that’s also the world’s largest land invertebrate? Or our 14kg deep-sea giant? Crabs are cooler than you thought.

Gallery: Christmas Island red crab migration

Wildlife

Each year, up to about 120 million red crabs (Gecarcoidea natalis) scuttle to the sea from the forest across Christmas Island in an effort to mate. It is a commute which overwhelms the island – the 135sq.km Australian-owned island, located in the Indian Ocean 2600km northwest of Perth, has just over 2000 human inhabitants.