Coconut crab

Birgus latro

Fascinating Facts


Coconut crabs live in rock crevices and burrow along the coast. They are nocturnal and feed on coconuts, fruit, and leaves. If coconuts aren’t already available on the ground, the coconut crab can climb trees to cut them down.

Status in the Wild

Data Deficient - IUCN 1996


Found throughout tropical Indo-Pacific oceanic islands and offshore islets.

Location in the Zoo

Invertebrates Zone of the Sculpture Learning Plaza

Animals & Exhibits