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Giant Coconut Crabs - availability?

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by xenesthis, Jul 27, 2007.

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    I'm in Papua new guinea I have lote of coconut crab in my Province and looking for buyer giant coconut crab many many more .this is the samples. My phone # +675 70722442
     

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  2. xenesthis

    xenesthis Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Do you have an export permit? Will your government give your a permit to export them as they are normally a protected species in several countries? CITES II listing I believe?
     
  3. RTTB

    RTTB Arachnoangel Active Member

    That's one cool crab.
     
  4. KevinsWither

    KevinsWither Arachnobaron

    And I thought giant stick insects and giant tarantulas (and giant mantis shrimps) were it.
     
  5. Would you be able to ship to the US? I would like a few, maybe.
     
  6. The Snark

    The Snark Extremely jaded cynical yet optomistic Old Timer

    Birgus Latro are severely restricted as to where they can be shipped, live, dead or in parts. Check your local and government regulations.
     
  7. WeightedAbyss75

    WeightedAbyss75 Arachnoangel Active Member

    With regulations slightly lifting on the goliath beetles here in the US, I would guess that they are banned. I have no idea though. Do you plan on eating them, or caring for them?
     
  8. KevinsWither

    KevinsWither Arachnobaron

    I'd get coconut crabs... would be a challenge to house them... a nice colony of hermits is like 75 gallons needed for a few adults, imagine upsizing that by like a lot, I'd imagine they need like a 300 gallon tub for saltwater (breeding could work in a large tank like that) along with an enclosure the size of a bedroom.... legit
     
  9. spotropaicsav

    spotropaicsav Arachnoknight Active Member

    I can imagine it would take an elaborate set up to care for these.
     
  10. Nephila Edulis

    Nephila Edulis Arachnoknight Active Member

    Don't those things dig burrows several metres deep? They'd be pretty hard to keep
     
  11. WeightedAbyss75

    WeightedAbyss75 Arachnoangel Active Member

    Figured :D But I know some people that try.
     
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  12. I know of some in Germany who use an entire greenhouse. I just so happen to have access to one if I was able to acquire some. I just wanna walk a crab on a leash lol but in all seriousness what's the regulations? I cannot find anything. I'm in Maryland btw
     
  13. VolkswagenBug

    VolkswagenBug Arachnosquire Active Member

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    Just out of curiosity, what's your source? I don't plan on getting one, since I'd like to keep my fingers, but they seem very hard to find atm, especially for someone in the US with all of our crazy invert restrictions.
     
  14. Scythemantis

    Scythemantis Arachnobaron Old Timer

    I was always bewildered you can't at least see them in ZOOS. You'd think they'd be a major attraction.
     
  15. VolkswagenBug

    VolkswagenBug Arachnosquire Active Member

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    You underestimate how much the general population hates arthropods.
     
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  16. spotropaicsav

    spotropaicsav Arachnoknight Active Member

    I love seeing them in Attenboroughs videos
     
  17. SpiderInTheBath

    SpiderInTheBath Arachnosquire

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    The Spider Shop in the uk had them a few months ago
     
  18. You misunderstood because the way I worded it was horrible lol I meant I have access to a greenhouse currently that I would buy if I could find some of the crabs.
     
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  19. Would they ship to US?
     
  20. Salmonsaladsandwich

    Salmonsaladsandwich Arachnosquire Active Member

    There's no shortage of zoos with arthropod exhibits, not to mention aquariums with tons of crustaceans and other invertebrates. And crabs are some of the most socially acceptable arthropods besides butterflies- after all, people eat them in recognizable form.
     
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