Image: Rebecca Dominguez
Imagine seeing a creature like the one in this photo climbing a tree or crawling on the ground in your backyard. Well, monstrous-looking or not, these colossal clawed creatures are actually crabs, and the largest living terrestrial arthropods. They reflect how terrestrial animals with large exoskeletons can actually grow. You can find them in many Indo-Pacific islands, specifically the coastal-forest regions, and they are called coconut crabs.