Kiritimati: Land Crabs

While the Chsitmas Island in the Indian Ocean is famous for its red crab migration, Kiritimati (aka Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean), has its own sizable population of large land crabs that are very similar to the red crabs. The ones found on Kiritimati are Cardisoma carnifex species, brownish is color and slightly larger in size. They dig large burrows in the sand and mostly come out in the dark and dusk, when the temperatures are cooler. They feed on leaves mostly. Supposedly, locals on Kiritimati eat them, but we couldn’t find a place to sample them.