Although they are called the coconut crab they naturally act as a scavenger and eat anything they come across. Its standard practice to capture them and feed them actual coconut for up to 3 months in order to purge their system of dead.. well whatever. It is fantastic though. I was stationed in Guam for 2 years 2000-2002 and they used to cross my yard heading for the jungle. Good stuff thanks for taking me back I loved it there.
So how big do they really get? And have you eaten them? How many fill you up?
Oh they get pretty big.. I have seen them break a broomstick in half. We used to keep them in chain link cages so they could not escape. Their nesting grounds were of limits.. plus they were on the sides of cliffs so getting them was a hassle.. I never ate more than one at a time but it was really good like a sweet regular crab meat but not stringy kind of lobstery. The abdomen was almost the size of a standard frisbee.. HUGE